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Americans for UNFPA welcomes announcement of next Executive Director

New York, NY (November 19, 2010) — Americans for UNFPA welcomes U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s announcement naming Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as Executive Director of UNFPA after Thoraya Ahmed Obaid’s term ends on 31 December.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a national of Nigeria, is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the African Spokesperson for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Prior to this, he served as Minister of Health of Nigeria and was also Director-General of the country’s National Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS. In addition, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies.

Responding to the announcement, Rita O’Connor, Chair of the Board at Americans for UNFPA said, "On hearing of Dr. Osotimehin’s abilities and extensive experience, we are confident that more progress is on the horizon to support UNFPA’s work in reproductive health, women’s empowerment, population and development strategies. On behalf of UNFPA’s American supporters, we welcome Dr. Osotimehin and look forward to working closely together."

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin will become the fourth Executive Director in UNFPA's 41-year operational history.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provides women's health care and promotes the rights of women around the world. Americans for UNFPA is dedicated to building American support for the work of UNFPA and to restoring the United States' moral, political and financial contribution to the organization.