UNAIDS chief says won't quit over agency harassment claims

July 18, 2018 - 9:17 am

PARIS (AP) — Embattled UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe has said he will not quit his job over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency.

Sidibe said "I need to deliver on my job," responding to questions from AP during a Paris press conference amid calls for his resignation. He spoke Wednesday to present the latest UN report on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Sidibe has denied claims he tried to force a colleague, Martina Brostrom, to drop allegations she was sexually assaulted by his ex-deputy Luiz Loures. But Sidibe said: "I am like any human being. I make probably some mistakes and it was not intentional."

Critics including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have called for Sidibe's resignation amid claims that UNAIDS hasn't done enough to protect female employees against harassment.