As the world raced throughout the month to respond to COVID-19, several multilaterals sounded the alarm over indirect global health effects of the disease, including increased morbidity and mortality from other causes.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced this month that in January the organization achieved gender parity—90 women and 90 men—in senior leadership positions and that “we have a roadmap for parity at all levels in the coming years.”
On September 24, 12 multilateral agencies launched the Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, a joint plan to help countries accelerat
UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Winnie Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General on August 14. She was the only woman and non-physician shortlisted for the position. Byanyima has been the Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2013 and before that served for seven years as the Director of Gender and Development at UNDP.
UNAIDS released its 2019 global AIDS update on July 16, revealing mixed progress. New HIV infections decreased by 16 percent since 2010, mostly due to gains in east and south Africa. However, new HIV infections have increased in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. Global AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 33 percent from 2010, though deaths increased in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Five candidates are competing for the top job at UNAIDS, following the abrupt resignation of Michel Sidibé in May following accusations of misconduct.
UNAIDS announced on May 8 that its executive director, Michel Sidibé, is leaving his post immediately, following allegations he mishandled sexual assault claims. An independent review commissioned by UNAIDS last year said Sidibé “neither prevented harassment nor responded quickly to accusations,” according to Reuters.
Sidibé will become minister of health and social affairs in his native Mali “with immediate effect,” according to UNAIDS. He will be replaced by the deputy executive director, Gunilla Carlsson, on a temporary basis.
NBC News reported a pattern of widespread corruption at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s primary refugee agency. The report alleges that some aid workers demanded bribes of up to $5,000 per family in order to provide services. During a seven-month investigation, NBC interviewed over 50 refugees registered with UNHCR around the world, as well as current and former UNHCR staff and UN investigators.