Nigerian-born Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be the guest in this weekend’s edition of “African Voices”, CNN International’s weekly half-hour magazine programme sponsored by Globacom.
Osotimehin sits down with CNN’s correspondent Aisha Sesay to talk about his work at the UN agency that promotes health and equal opportunity around the world. The programme will run on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and at 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be repeat broadcast at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday and at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
He talks about his long career caring for women; first as a local doctor from Ogun State and later as Nigeria’s Minister of Health. Now in charge of the UNFPA, Osotimehin is focused on gender equality and reducing poverty, helping hundreds of millions of people in developing countries
Born on 6 February, 1949, Osotimehin was appointed Executive Director of UNFPA in November, 2012, for a four year term. He assumed the position on 1 January 2011 and became the organization’s fourth Executive Director. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Prior to his appointment at UNFPA, Dr. Osotimenhin served as the Minister of Health of Nigeria. Before that, Dr. Osotimehin was the Director-General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS, an agency that coordinates all HIV and AIDS work in Nigeria. As chairman of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) he oversaw the development of systems that, today, manage more than US$1billion.
He also talks to viewers about his interests, including youth and gender, within the context of reproductive health and rights. “We need to ensure that young people of both genders have equal participation, not only in reproductive rights and health but also within society and in the economy,” he says.
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