United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has appointed Mr. Babatunde A. Ahonsi of Nigeria as the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Türkiye.
Otherwise known as Turkey, the the host government has given approval for the appointment.
Ahonsi has 26 years of experience in international development, acquired inside and outside the UN.
Prior to his current appointment, he served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, where he coordinated and facilitated the global body’s operational activities for development in the country. During his tenure, he led the UN country team and ensured system-wide accountability on the ground for the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.
He has also coordinated UN support to Sierra Leone in its implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the UN Secretary General’s Prevention Agenda.
He had also served UN Resident Coordinator (ad interim) in China from June to September 2020. In addition, he served as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in China/Country Director for Mongolia from January 2017 to June 2020; and as UNFPA Representative in Ghana from 2014 to 2016.
Between 1997 and 2014, Ahonsi held senior management positions with the Ford Foundation (covering West Africa) and Population Council (covering Nigeria), overseeing reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and youth development programmes and initiatives. He had also lectured at federal universities in Ilorin, Calabar, and Lagos, Nigeria during the 1980s and 1990s.
Ahonsi holds a BSc (First Class Honours) degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and a Ph.D. in Population Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England.