UNICEF deputy director Justin Forsyth resigns after 'mistakes'


The deputy director of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF resigned Thursday, saying he did not want coverage of past mistakes he had made to damage the organization or other aid bodies.

Forsyth, who is British, said he apologized "unreservedly at the time face to face" and "I apologize again".

Tory backbencher Nigel Evans said the staggering revelations about Mr Forsyth's behaviour at Save the Children raised serious questions about his "suitability" as Deputy Exec Director at Unicef. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

The charity has since apologised to the female employees, admitting their claims were not properly dealt with at the time.

In a statement Mr Forsyth insisted that he was not resigning because.

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She told the BBC's Newsnight: "One of the things that kept many of us from speaking out earlier was a desire to protect the organisation that we loved".

The Charity Commission said it had "extensive regulatory engagement" with Save the Children after allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour were made against Mr Cox and Mr Forsyth between 2015 and 2016.

"We are grateful to Mr Forsyth for his work over the past two years to advocate for the most vulnerable children and help advance UNICEF's mission to save children's lives". The final report will be shared with the Charity Commission, and made available to the government and all members of staff, Save the Children said.

It said: "The issue of references is incredibly important, as has been highlighted by recent coverage of the appointment of staff in the development sector". There was no finding of misconduct against Mr Forsyth or any formal sanction against him.

On Sunday, the charity's current chief executive, Kevin Watkins, announced a "root and branch review" of Save the Children's organisational culture, including measures to preserve staff safety and any behavioural challenges among senior leadership.