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Photo 1: UNFPA Working In The Areas Of Reproductive Health And Rights 
Photo 2: UNFPA ED Babatunde Osotimehin with Minister of Health Prof. C.O Onyebuchi Chukwu

UN Secretary-General Welcomes the New Executive Director with Visit to UNFPA

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United Nations House, 617/618
Diplomatic Zone, Central Area District, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria

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United Nations House, 617/618
Diplomatic Zone, Central Area District, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria



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Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 5.00pm

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Victoria Akyeampong, UNFPA Representative, Nigeria

Ms. Victoria Afua Akyeampong holds a BSc degree in Economics from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, United States of America and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins- Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, USA.

She has served in different capacities within the UN system as follows: National Coordinator, UNDP, Ghana; Consultant, UN HABITAT project in Ghana; Programme Officer, UNHCR Tanzania; Head of Sub-Office, UNHCR Danane, Cote D’ Ivoire; Assistant Representative (Operations) UNHCR Ethiopia.

At the UNHCR Headquarters, Geneva, she worked as Senior Desk Officer, Southern Africa Operations, Head of Desk for the Great Lakes Operations and Head of Desk for Southern Africa Operations.  She also worked as UNHCR Country Representative for Mozambique and Deputy Regional Representative, UNHCR DR Congo. Her immediate past post was as UNFPA Representative in Rwanda.

Ms Akyeampong is a dedicated professional and manager who discharges her duties with utmost diligence. Her support in coordinating UN development assistance in countries of assignment have translated into measurable development results, with best practices that currently inform south-south learning.




UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an International Development Agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.  UNFPA supports Countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

To assist the Millennium Development Goals, UNFPA seeks to promote Gender equality and Empower women, improve maternal health and Combat HIV/AIDS.

UNFPA helps governments, at their requests to formulate policies and strategies to reduce poverty and support sustainable development.  The Fund also assists countries to collect and analyse population data that can help them understand population trends and encourage governments to take into account the needs of future generations, as well as the present.

The close link between sustainable development and reproductive health and gender equality, the other main areas of UNFPA’s work, were affirmed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.  UNFPA’s work is guided by the Programme of Action (PoA) of the ICPD.  At the Conference, 179 countries agreed that meeting the needs of Education and Health, including Reproductive Health, are pre-requisites to sustainable development over a long term.  Consensus was also reached on the roadmap for progress with the following goals:

  • Universal access to reproductive health services by 2015

  • Universal primary education and closing the gender gap in education by 2015

  • Reducing maternal mortality

  • Reducing infant mortality

  • Increasing life expectancy

  • Reducing HIV infection rates

Reaching the Programme of Action is also essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The MDGs which are fully aligned with the ICPD roadmap, have the overarching aim of reducing extreme poverty by 2015.  UNFPA brings its technical expertise in reproductive health and population issues to the world wide collaborative effort of meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Early Marriage in Nigeria

child bride

In Nigeria, particularly northern Nigeria has some of the highest rates of early marriage in the world. The Child Rights Act, passed in 2003, raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 for girls. However, federal law may be implemented differently at the state level, and to date, only a few of the country’s 36 states have begun developing provisions to execute the law.18 To further complicate matters, igeria has three different legal systems operating simultaneously—civil, customary, and Islamic—and state and federal governments have control only over.... Read More

State of World Population 2012

By choice not by chance: Family Planning Human Right And Development


Presentation of State of World Population 2012 by Victoria Akyeampong, UNFPA Country Representative in Nigeria

Building Support

As the world’s leading multilateral agency on population, UNFPA is the most prominent international advocate for reproductive health and rights, including the right to choose the number, timing and spacing of one’s children.

Working in partnership with other United Nations, Agencies, Governments, Communities, NGOs, Foundations and the private sector, the Fund raises awareness and mobilises the support and resources needed to reach the targets set forth at the International Conference on Population and Development and in the Millennium Development Goals.

UNFPA’s Global Reach

UNFPA supports programmes in Arab States, Europe, Central Asia; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; and sub-Sahara Africa.  We work in over 140 countries, areas and territories through nine Country Technical Services Teams and 112 country Offices.  Three quarter of UNFPA staff work in the field.

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Maiden Newsletter
Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (2008)
Nigeria Family Planning analysis: selected Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables (2010)

Nigeria. Adolescents Population: Selected Socio-Demographic Variables (2010)

National Strategic Framework on the Health & Developoment of Adolescents & Young People (2007-2011)

Nigeria: Contraceptive Logistic Management System Assessment Report, (2009)


Millenium Development Goals Report (2008)
Nigeria Millenium Development Goals. Report 2010

2006 Population and Housing Census Tables (2009)

Cairo to 2015 (2006)
World Reaffirms Cairo (2002-2004)
International Conference on Population and Development - ICPD Programme of Action (1994)


Fostering Effective and Harmonized Partnerships towards achieving Measurable Results for MDGs 4, 5 and 6: UNFPA Nigeria’s development assistance to Health system strengthening