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Statement: UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres speaks out on sexual exploitation and abuse

Statement: UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres speaks out on sexual exploitation and abuse

December 12, 2016: In his remarks to the General Assembly upon taking the oath of office, the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres highlighted the need to address crimes of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeeping personnel, and to nurture a 'culture of accountability' by protecting whistleblowers. "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." (UN Photo / Manuel Elias)

Reuters: U.N. chief Ban regrets peacekeeper abuse, Haiti cholera

Reuters: U.N. chief Ban regrets peacekeeper abuse, Haiti cholera

September 20, 2016: Reporting from the opening of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Reuters quotes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement of regret for the UN's role in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, and sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers, two matters that have, "tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve." (UN Photo / Manuel Elias)

Statement by the Secretary-General to the United Nations General Assembly

Statement by the Secretary-General to the United Nations General Assembly

September 20, 2016: In his final address to the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his regret for sexual abuse committed by UN peacekeepers and for the UN's role in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti.  "Protectors must never become predators," he said of, "the despicable acts of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers." On Haiti, Ban expressed, "tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians affected by cholera," and called it the UN's, "moral responsibility," to support the Haitian people.  (UN Photo / Cia Pak)

WATCH: UNGA briefing on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic

WATCH: UNGA briefing on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic

April 5, 2016: The UN hosts an informal briefing for the General Assembly on the reports and allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic, led by Mr. Edmond Mulet, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, and Ms. Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.