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About the Speech:

Sudden and protracted crises, such as the ongoing migration crisis, can expose women and girls to disproportionate risk. In this context, gender equality and women’s rights are central to the success of the UN2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Under-Secretary-General Osotimehin delivered a major keynote address on the advancement of women and girls’ health and rights in this new development era.

This event was part of the 2016 Development Matters series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid.

About the Speaker:

In January 2011, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin was appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Population Fund. A physician and global health leader, he has held a number of prestigious positions in several academic and health organisations, including: Provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, Chair of the National Action Committee on AIDS, Director General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, and Health Minister of Nigeria.  Dr. Osotimehin serves as Co-Chair of Family Planning 2020 and Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Population Dynamics.