In Summary
  • Sidibe was also heard fiercely criticising whistleblowers in a leaked recording of a staff meeting.
  • Sidibe said he would do all he can to ensure that UNAIDS is an accountable and transparent organisation.

PARIS

The head of the UN's AIDS agency, Michel Sidibe, on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation over complaints that he shielded a deputy from sexual harassment claims and attacked whistleblowers.

"I don't anticipate leaving my post," the UNAIDS executive director told journalists at a meeting in Paris where he released a status report ahead of next week's International AIDS conference in Amsterdam.

"Why? Because, like I said, I don't back away from difficult issues. I need to deliver on my job."

SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Multiple HIV/AIDS organisations have demanded Sidibe's resignation over claims that he protected his deputy Luiz Loures against sexual harassment and assault accusations by a UNAIDS staffer, Martina Brostrom.

Sidibe was reprimanded after an internal UN probe for mishandling Brostrom's complaint by trying to settle it quietly even as an official investigation was under way.

The Malian was also heard fiercely criticising whistleblowers in a leaked recording of a staff meeting.

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