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EPF Statement on the Passing of UNFPA Executive Director

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BRUSSELS, 6 June 2017 – EPF would like to express its deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of UNFPA. Dr Osotimehin, a global champion for women, children and young peoples’ health and rights passed away suddenly at home over the weekend. Just a month ago, Dr Osotimehin was with EPF at the International G7/20 Parliamentarians’ Conference “She Moves” in Rome, Italy inspiring parliamentarians from around the world and other leaders to take action to protect the rights and health of some of the world’s most vulnerable, migrant and refugee women and girls (pictured below). Dr Osotimehin has inspired parliamentarians since he took office in 2012 always recalling that parliamentarians have a special responsibility to do both the smart thing for women and girls, which also happens to be the right thing.

“His sudden passing is a real loss to the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement, but our thoughts are first of all with his family, loved ones and colleagues who will miss him dearly” stated Hon. Ulrika, Karlsson, MP, President of EPF. Dr Osotimehin helped build UNFPA into the leading organisation for sexual and reproductive health that it is today. As sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world now face unprecedented challenges, EPF will work with colleagues at UNFPA to ensure that the Executive Director’s memory lives on in our support to the ICPD mandate.

Dr Osotimehin’s blend of deep knowledge and insight, political experience and charming wit will be missed by the whole of the parliamentary community working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. “But while we mourn the loss of a genuine leader and valued partner, we remember that others have lost a father, husband, grand-father, colleague and friend”, said Hon. Ulrika Karlsson, MP and President of EPF.

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