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Tim Barnett on shortlist for top UNAIDS job

Thu 23 Oct 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Long-time Rainbow Labour and Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett is one of four people recommended for an internationally high-profile role as Executive Director of the UNAIDS programme. In line for top job: Tim Barnett Currently headed up by Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Dr. Peter Piot, who has announced his resignation, UNAIDS is the main advocate for global action on the HIV epidemic. Governments from around the world donate to UNAIDS' work with HIV-fighting organisations. British Medical journal The Lancet reports that Barnett's name was one of the few picked from over 100 applicants, citing his work with innovative law reform – he championed Civil Unions and Prostitution Law Reform in New Zealand – as his salient strengths. Barnett, who retired from Parliament when the House wrapped up last month. revealed to last month that he'd applied for jobs at the United Nations, and was prepared to work in countries including Switzerland, Albania, Slovakia, Nepal, Thailand, Fiji, South Africa and Nigeria.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Thursday, 23rd October 2008 - 3:53pm

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