UN / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ABUSE

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The United Nations released a report today on its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse which showed a decrease in the number allegations in peacekeeping missions. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ABUSE
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DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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18 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In 2018, the clear check tool was launched to ensure that perpetrators of sexual exploitation and abuse are not rehired in any part of the United Nations; 29 UN entities are now participating in this. We also have developed the incident reporting form which is designed to minimize the number of times a victim or witness is interviewed and standardize the complaint intake process across the UN system. There is also a centralized tool to track victims’ assistance that is being rolled out in peace operations. We have a protocol on implementing partners which includes strong provisions of victims’ rights. These are just a few examples of the long-term effort, which, as you know, we continue to work on to fight the scourge of exploitation and abuse.”
5. Wide shot, spokesperson leaving podium

STORYLINE:

The United Nations released a report today (18 Mar) on its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse which showed a decrease in the number allegations in peacekeeping missions.

The report showed that the number of allegations in peacekeeping missions in 2018 was 54, down from 62 in 2017 and 103 in 2016. Some 83 percent of the victims were adults and the alleged perpetrators include 64 military, 14 police and 14 civilian personnel.

The report reflected increased awareness and outreach, better reporting tools and improved harmonization across the UN system, among others. The UN has been implementing a system-wide approach to address sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), in line with the Secretary-General’s approach on the issue. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in 2018, “the clear check tool was launched to ensure that perpetrators of sexual exploitation and abuse are not rehired in any part of the United Nations; 29 UN entities are now participating in this.”

He said the UN had also developed “the incident reporting form which is designed to minimize the number of times a victim or witness is interviewed and standardize the complaint intake process across the UN system. There is also a centralized tool to track victims’ assistance that is being rolled out in peace operations. We have a protocol on implementing partners which includes strong provisions of victims’ rights. These are just a few examples of the long-term effort, which, as you know, we continue to work on to fight the scourge of exploitation and abuse.”
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