In remarks to General Assembly following oath of office, UN Secretary-General-designate Guterres Speaks out on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 


December 12, 2016

In this video clip, UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres speaks specifically about sexual exploitation and abuse and pledges to make the zero-tolerance policy 'a reality'. 

"The United Nations system has not yet done enough to prevent and respond to the appalling crimes of sexual violence and exploitation committed under the UN flag against those we are supposed to protect.  I will work closely with Member States on structural, legal and operational measures to make the zero-tolerance policy for which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has fought so hard a reality.  We must ensure transparency and accountability and offer protection and effective remedies to the victims." 

Access UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres' full remarks to the General Assembly, after taking the oath of office on 12 December 2016 here.

(UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe)