Department for International Development written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the written statement of 20 December 2018 on Future Leadership of UNAIDS, HCWS1223, if she will withhold funding allocated by her Department to UNAIDS in 2019 until the Executive Director of that organisation steps down in response to the recommendations of the report on the work of the Independent Expert Panel on prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment; bullying and abuse of power at UNAIDS Secretariat, published in December 2018; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK has been a driving force in tackling this issue, galvanising the sector to put in place the vital initiatives needed to finally rid it of those who seek to tarnish its reputation. We have been very clear that we will not tolerate practices which do not reach the highest standards in relation to tackling harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power. The UK expects the current Executive Director to step down. This is vital to signal a strong response to this critical issue within and beyond the organisation.

The UK’s next scheduled payment to UNAIDS is not due until later in the year. We will assess progress in implementation of the Panel’s recommendations as part of our regular review of funding.

A statement was issued by Secretary of State on UNAIDS on Thursday 20 December 2018, reference: HCWS1223


There are currently no plans for the Secretary of State to make a statement in the House beyond the statement on 20 December 2018.

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