Unicef deputy director Justin Forsyth resigns after ‘mistakes’
Concerns raised in the past about inappropriate behaviour by former Save the Children chief
Justin Forsyth, who has resigned as deputy director of the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images
Save the Children UK said on Wednesday concerns were raised about inappropriate comments and behaviour by Justin Forsyth, the charity’s then chief executive, in 2011 and 2015. It said reviews in both cases, arising from complaints made by a total of three women, had resulted in “unreserved apologies” to the women concerned.
In a statement, Mr Forsyth said his decision to step down from Unicef was not because of “the mistakes I made at Save the Children”.
“They were dealt with through a proper process many years ago,” his statement said.
“I apologised unreservedly at the time and face to face. I apologise again. There is no doubt in my mind that some of the coverage around me is not just to – rightly – hold me to account, but also to attempt to do serious damage to our cause and the case for aid.”
His decision to step down comes as charities in the aid sector pledge to overhaul their approach to dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.