GA / JANE H0LL LUTE

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The top UN official tasked with combatting peacekeepers sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) said the UN missions in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shown “very clear commitment” to eradicate the problem, but “there are still pockets of resistance and pockets of reluctance.” UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 13 MAY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

13 MAY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
3. Med shot, delegate
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:
“We found in the first instance very clear commitment by the leadership in both of these missions from the very top to eradicate any instance of exploitation and abuse and to vigorously respond when allegations arise. Because of the tone that they are setting at the top it is radiating out into the mission, but I can tell you that there are still pockets of resistance and pockets of reluctance.”
5. Med shot, delegate
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:
“Some of the resistance stems from still held views that this, the problem of discipline, the problem of comportment, is not everyone’s problem. People feel as though they were sent to the field to implement mandates, and they are focused on delivering services to the populations that we are sent to serve, and they don’t believe that the issue is one that they need to concern themselves with.”
7. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:
“We want to be known as a standards based organization. Our standards have to be clear. We must make very clear what our standards are and we are making enormous progress in that regard. We need to specify when we hire people, what are the standards and what is the performance that is expected of you, and how will we know if you are performing or not. And we need ways of accountability. Too often in this organization accountability equals punishment. That is not accountability. Accountability is being answerable for what you have done or what you have failed to do. And if, as Mr. Khare has mentioned, what you have done is, commendable we should commend it.”
9. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council

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The top UN official tasked with combatting peacekeepers sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) today (13 May) said the UN missions in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shown “very clear commitment” to eradicate the problem, but “there are still pockets of resistance and pockets of reluctance.”

The Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Jane Holl Lute, who visited both missions in April, said “some of the resistance stems from still held views that this, the problem of discipline, the problem of comportment, is not everyone’s problem.”

She said “people feel as though they were sent to the field to implement mandates, and they are focused on delivering services to the populations that we are sent to serve, and they don’t believe that the issue is one that they need to concern themselves with.”

Lute commented that the organization needs “ways of accountability” and defined accountability as “being answerable for what you have done or what you have failed to do.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Lute in February to coordinate efforts to curb sexual exploitation and abuse among UN peacekeepers.
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