Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Peter Piot leaving UNAIDS

The U.N. system is losing a good one: Peter Piot says he leaving UNAIDS.

Piot has been a tireless and savvy fighter on the AIDS front for years, putting the squeeze on both Western governments to come up with the $$$ to fight the disease as well as developing country leaders to get serious about confronting the challenge at home.

I've seen Piot in action in Africa, China and the United States and he never failed to impress with his good humor despite some pretty dreary circumstances. UNAIDS is always going to be political, and always going to be controversial, but Piot was a model leader for such a crucial organization.

No word on a successor, but here's a suggestion: South Africa's Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge