In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018 file photo, UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe attends a press conference, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)
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Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment at the U.N. agency that fights AIDS say it is plagued by "defective leadership," a culture of impunity, and a toxic working environment that cannot be changed unless its top official is replaced.The panel was created earlier this year following allegations of sexual harassment by staffers and calls from critics for executive director Michel Sidibe to resign.But Sidibe said in a statement he believes he is the right man to turn around the organization.In a damning new report released Friday, the four experts cited a "vacuum of accountability" and said UNAIDS leaders had failed to prevent or properly respond to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power.It found solutions proposed by Sidibe to be "superficial and insufficient".According to the survey conducted by the panel, nearly 4 percent of staffers reported having experienced some form of sexual harassment in the past year and more than 40 percent reported having suffered some abuse of authority.
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