Luiz Loures, deputy executive director of UNAIDS, accused of harassment and sexual assault by an employee, but dismissed by an internal UN investigation, announced Friday (February 23rd) his departure from the agency.
Luiz Loures “expressed his wish to the Executive Director of UNAIDS not to ask for the renewal of his mandate despite the internal investigation of the UN that laundered these charges,” said the agency in a statement .
His decision comes the day after the announcement of the resignation of Unicef’s number two, Justin Forsyth of Britain, accused of inappropriate behavior against women while working for Save the Children.
An employee of the agency says that Mr. Loures has harassed her repeatedly since 2011 and even assaulted her in an elevator in 2015 at a hotel in Bangkok, where an Onusida conference was being held.
Luiz Loures, a Brazilian national, “will complete his term of office at the end of March 2018” means the note.
An investigation by the United Nations Evaluation and Audit Service (IOS) found that there was insufficient evidence to support these accusations.
But according to activists and a lawyer specializing in this type of case, the investigation was not well conducted.
Luiz Loures joined UNAIDS in 1996 and was appointed Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS Program Branch and UN Under-Secretary-General in January 2013. He coordinates UNAIDS efforts to strengthen critical support. so that countries can reach the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.