Let's stop sexual exploitation and abuse by staff and peacekeepers
Published on Friday, 1 July 2016
It has been reported that last year, 99 women, children and men were allegedly sexually exploited or abused by those working under the UN flag. Those who allegedly carried out these acts included military personnel, contractors and, shamefully, our own colleagues.
Faced with lives broken and intense media criticism , the leaders of our organizations and Member States have rightly condemned this.
A recent General Assembly resolution stated that "one substantiated case of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse is one case too many."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council he would name the countries of alleged perpetrators.
Nevertheless, many allegations continue to go uninvestigated. That is why the staff unions of the UN common system, grouped under the staff federations, decided to speak out and issue this statement as a wake-up call to colleagues, our organizations and Member States.
We call for:
Each case of abuse and rape, whether committed by military personnel or our own colleagues, taints all staff and damages the trust we have worked so hard to build with the communities we serve.
It is in the interest of all, most importantly those we serve, that this behaviour, including all tacit tolerance, be stopped.
We look forward to your support.