Secretary-General seeks support from Member States to end sexual misconduct by UN personnel
Sept.18, Geneva: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted on the specific actions aimed at ending sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel that require “urgent” support from countries that provide troops and police to peacekeeping operations.
More than a dozen recent allegations of misconduct by peacekeepers that are under investigation in the Central African Republic, which he said is not a “new phenomenon,” he said.
For this reason, Secretary General said he is asking countries that contribute troop and police personnel to join him in doing more to end this “unacceptable conduct,” through seven specific actions.
“First, we must work to prevent misconduct even before personnel are on the ground,” he stated. “Pre-deployment education and human rights training must be enhanced. Troops and police must be made fully aware of what constitutes sexual exploitation and abuse, and the importance of upholding the zero-tolerance policy.”
Ban said personnel must be properly and fully vetted so no individual with a past record of sexual exploitation and abuse can ever be allowed to serve the UN in any capacity.
He also underlined the need for rapid and effective investigations, with the goal of concluding those that are UN-led within six months, and called on Member States to ensure the same.
In addition, the UN chief stressed the need for stronger reporting. “As you know, I will include country-specific information in my future reports to the General Assembly concerning the number of credible allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving military and police personnel,” he said.
He called on troop-contributing countries to work together “without excuses” to protect the good name of peacekeeping and uphold the trust placed in the UN by the people who need the Organization the most.
The Oslo Times