The UN mourns Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Date: 
Tuesday, 06 June 2017

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Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), passed away suddenly during the evening of 4 June in his home in West Harrison, New York. The 68 year-old Nigerian was a physician and global leader of public health, and the empowerment of women and young people, with a strong focus on promoting human rights in population and development. 

“I am profoundly saddened by the sudden passing of my good colleague and friend, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin," said Secretary-General António Gutteres. “I offer sincere condolences to his family, to the staff of UNFPA, to the Government and people of Nigeria, and to all those around the world touched by this loss."

“The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all. Dr. Babatunde was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world's women and girls in particular,” he said.

Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin was Nigeria’s Minister of Health. Prior to that, he was Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinated HIV and AIDS work in Nigeria.

The Executive Leadership page of the UNFPA website has been changed to black and grey to honour him. There is more information about Dr. Osotimehin’s life and legacy there.