PROFILE: The life and times of Babatunde Osotimehin

Monday, June 5, 2017

Babatunde Osotimehin was a global leader of public health, women’s empowerment and young people, particularly focused on promoting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as population and development.
After his appointment as UNFPA Executive Director, effective 2011, he spearheaded efforts by the international community to advance the milestone consensus of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994.

Osotimehin, former minister of health, is dead

Monday, June 5, 2017

Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria’s minister of health from December 2008 to March 2010, is dead.
Up until his death, the 68-year-old was the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
According to sources at the UNFPA, his death was announced at the Nigerian office of the UN body on Monday morning.
He was said to have died in New York.

UNDP launches report to accelerate gender equality

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched Africa Human Development Report 2016 to accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment in the continent.
The report was jointly launched on Tuesday by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Africa Director and some Federal Government officials at the ongoing 3-day African Economic Conference in Abuja.
Dieye said that the issue of women empowerment started with Beijing Declaration, noting that a lot of progress had been recorded since then.

UN fixes 2030 to end AIDS scourge

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ahead of the 2016 World AIDS Day, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the organisation is working toward ending the AIDS scourge by 2030.


“The United Nations is working worldwide to end AIDS by 2030,” Ban said on Monday in New York in his message for World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1.


Ban said 35 years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community could look back with some pride.