UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin Dies At Age 68

Associated Press: U.N. population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin has died
“The head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health and sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls, died at his home, the agency announced Monday. Osotimehin, who was 68, had led the United Nations Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011. The agency said he died Sunday evening…” (Lederer, 6/6).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, ‘a champion of health for all’
“Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) … ‘Dr. Osotimehin was admired globally for his leadership of the U.N. Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world’s women and girls in particular,’ said Secretary-General Guterres in a statement. ‘The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all’…” (6/5).

UNFPA: UNFPA mourns passing of Executive Director
“… ‘This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls, and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria. UNFPA expresses its deep sympathy to his family and prays that they have the fortitude to bear this great loss,’ said UNFPA management…” (6/5).

UNAIDS: UNAIDS mourns the death of UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin
“… ‘Babatunde Osotimehin will be remembered for improving the lives of women and young people and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights,’ said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director. ‘Young people have lost a champion today’…” (6/5).

UNICEF: Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
“… ‘Today represents a terrible loss for Dr. Babatunde’s family and many friends around the world, for UNFPA as an organization, and for Nigeria, the country he served — and loved — so well. It is also a loss for people around the world, who have lost a leading voice in global health, and a champion of equity. But he leaves behind an inspiring legacy of public service and commitment to the health of every person…” (6/5).