Anti-poverty campaigners today welcomed reports that the appointment of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock as UN Special Representative has been withdrawn.
Mr Hancock’s announcement earlier this week that he would work on Africa’s recovery from the Covid pandemic prompted an angry response from critics, who accused him of blocking steps to make vaccines available to millions of people in the developing world. Put it.
And eyebrows were raised over the timing of the appointment, which was revealed on the day two parliamentary committees released a scathing report on the UK government’s response to the pandemic.
Now the PassBlue website, which focuses on UN affairs, has Reported Comments by Chief Spokesperson of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres It is suggesting that the appointment is not progressing.
“The appointment of Mr Hancock is not being pursued by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric was quoted as saying. “ECA has advised him of the matter.”
The campaign group Global Justice Now welcomed the development, which came after raising concerns about Mr Hancock’s role in supporting the UK government’s opposition to proposals for intellectual property exemptions on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.
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