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Criticized UN agency chief to depart ahead of time

The chief of the U.N. agency UNAIDS will step down from his position earlier than expected, following heavy criticism that he mismanaged accusations of sexual harassments. The departure of Michel Sidibé comes after Sweden decided to freeze UNAIDS funding.

– The freezing will stay as long as Sidibé stays on his post, cabinet minister Isabella Lövin confirmed Thursday to SvD.

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Michel Sidibé.
Michel Sidibé. Foto: Aas, Erlend/TT

Michel Sidibé quickly became the center of debate at the Geneva-based UNAIDS' board meeting this week. The executive director of the U.N. agency, which fights the spread of AIDS and the HIV virus, has come under heavy criticism after an independent study concluded that he mismanaged allegations of sexual harassment within the agency, and has created a culture that tolerates abuse of power.

Michel Sidibé.

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