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Swedish stats guru receives posthumous award

Published tisdag 18 april kl 11.04
The late Hans Rosling.
The late Hans Rosling. Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Hans Rosling, the Swedish data visionary and educator who died from cancer earlier this year, has been posthumously awarded a UN prize recognising achievements in population and health solutions.

The United Nations Population Award was established by the General Assembly in 1981 to recognise outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health questions and their solutions.

Rosling, who died in February at the age of 68, was a professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute and co-founded the Gapminder Foundation. The foundation promotes sustainable development using statistics to explain social, economic, and environmental development.

The UN also recognised the Association of Traditional Chiefs of Niger (ACTN), which works on sustainable development in Niger.

The award will be presented at the United Nations on June 22.

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