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Key Documents


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Key Documents


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Secretary-General's Reports and Bulletins


Secretary-General's Reports and Bulletins


Special Measures Reports

Each year, the UN Secretary-General produces a report “in compliance with General Assembly resolution A/57/306 of 15 April 2003, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to maintain data on investigations into sexual exploitation and related offences." Each 'special measures' report presents data on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the United Nations system in the period from January to December of a given year. (Each report is listed according to the year it covers):


SG's Bulletin: Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (2003)

Secretary-General’s Bulletin: Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13)  (“SG’s Bulletin”)
October 9, 2003
Bulletin issued by the Secretary-General “for the purpose of preventing and addressing causes of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse... taking into consideration General Assembly resolution 57/306 of 15 April 2003, ‘Investigation into sexual exploitation of refugees by aid workers in West Africa.’” (source: ST/SGB/2003/13)

http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=ST/SGB/2003/13


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Resolutions and Conventions


Resolutions and Conventions


security council resolution
 

March 11, 2016
Security Council Resolution on peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse (S/RES/2272)

Resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse. 
http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2272(2016)


general assembly resolutions

March 10, 2017
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly: United Nations action on sexual exploitation and abuse (A/RES/71/278)
 
The resolution reaffirmed Member States' commitment to the zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and stressed the importance of States holding perpetrators accountable for abuse. Further, the resolution stressed the need for immediacy of information sharing between the Secretary General and all relevant entities concerning allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by both UN and non-UN personnel.
http://www.undocs.org/a/res/71/278

March 7, 2008
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly: United Nations Comprehensive Strategy on Assistance and Support to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by United Nations Staff and Related Personnel (A/RES/62/214)
This General Assembly resolution identifies the kinds of support that the UN will provide to victims and children born of sexual exploitation and abuse by 'United Nations staff and related personnel.'
https://conduct.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/keydoc13.pdf

June 30, 2005
Comprehensive review of a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations (A/59/300)
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly which endorsed the report of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and welcomed the Zeid Report.
https://undocs.org/A/RES/59/300

April 11, 2005
Report of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and its Working Group on the 2005 resumed session* (A/59/19/Add.1)
Following the submission of the Zeid Report in March 2005, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations met to consider the report and adopted recommendations on preventing future sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping operations. The Special Committee's Report was submitted to the General Assembly.
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N05/303/06/PDF/N0530306.pdf?OpenElement

May 22, 2003
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly: Investigation into sexual exploitation of refugees by aid workers in West Africa  (A/RES/57/306)

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, which requested the Secretary-General ensure that "clear and consistent procedures for impartially reporting and investigating instances of sexual exploitation and related offences are in place in all United Nations peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations" and " to maintain data on investigations into sexual exploitation and related offences, irrespective of age and gender, by humanitarian and peacekeeping personnel, and all relevant actions taken thereon." The Secretary-General's October 2003 Bulletin which outlined the UN's "zero tolerance policy" on sexual exploitation and abuse was drafted in response to this General Assembly resolution. 
http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/57/306


1946 convention on privileges and immunities

February 13, 1946
("1946 Convention")

Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations
Convention adopted to clarify elements of Article 104 and Article 105 of the Charter of the United Nations, with regards to “legal capacity” and “privileges and immunities” of the UN. http://www.un.org/en/ethics/pdf/convention.pdf


November 21, 1947
(“1947 Convention”)
 
Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies
Building on the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, this Convention clarifies the "legal capacity" and "privileges and immunities" of the UN's Specialized Agencies. https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/MTDSG/Volume%20I/Chapter%20III/III-2.en.pdf

1947 convention on specialized agencies

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Policies, Procedures and Glossary


Policies, Procedures and Glossary


September 30, 2016
("Infographic")

Infographic – Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Management of Reports and Allegations Involving UN Personnel in Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions
An infographic produced by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, depicting the UN’s purported ‘victim-centered approach’ to and management of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel in peacekeeping and special political missions.
http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/images/SEA_infographic_v10-02.jpg

(Please note: The United Nations does not have the authority or the mandate to conduct criminal investigations. Please refer to: OIOS Investigation Manual (ST/AI/371): https://oios.un.org/resources/2015/01/OIOS_ID_Manual2015.pdf or the OIOS F.A.Q.: https://oios.un.org/page?slug=frequently-asked-questions)


November 5, 2016
("Glossary")

United Nations Glossary on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Thematic Glossary of current terminology related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in the context of the United Nations
A glossary comprised of, “a set of terms and definitions as they are normally used and understood by key UN entities in the context of SEA,” compiled by the Task Team on the SEA Glossary for the Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/united-nations-glossary-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse


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UN-Commissioned Expert Reports


UN-Commissioned Expert Reports


expert reports on sexual exploitation and abuse

December 17, 2015
("CAR Panel Report")
Taking Action on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers: Report of an Independent Review on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic 

Report of the External Independent Review Panel ("CAR Panel") led by Justice Marie Deschamps into the UN's handling of peacekeeper sexual abuse by international forces in the Central African Republic. The report found three individuals had abused their authority, and cited "gross institutional failure" in the UN's handling of allegations of child sexual abuse. 
http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/centafricrepub/Independent-Review-Report.pdf
Report officially released, June 23, 2016http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/99


November 3, 2013
("Expert Team Report")
Final Report: Expert Mission to Evaluate Risks to SEA Prevention Efforts in MINUSTAH, UNMIL, MONUSCO, and UNMISS

In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a team of experts to evaluate risks to the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in four major peacekeeping missions: MINUSTAH (Haiti), UNMIL (Liberia), MONUSCO (DRC), and UNMISS (South Sudan). The 2013 report was submitted in November 2013, but was never made public. The expert team reported a "culture of impunity" in the UN's handling of sexual exploitation and abuse. In March 2015, AIDS-Free World released the report, along with an open letter to Member States.


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March 24, 2005
(“Zeid Report”)

A comprehensive strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (A/59/710) 
Report by Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, then Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, at the behest of the Secretary-General, in response to a request from the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations for a “comprehensive report with recommendations on sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeeping personnel.” (source: A/59/710)
http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=a/59/710


OIOS REports

evaluation reports

June 12, 2015
Evaluation of the Enforcement and Remedial Assistance Efforts for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by the United Nations and Related Personnel in Peacekeeping Operations
Evaluation report by the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services of the Enforcement and Remedial Assistance Efforts for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by the United Nations and Related Personnel in Peacekeeping Operations. The report revealed widespread, unreported sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Liberia (UNMIL).
http://tinyurl.com/gubf3vj

 

January 5, 2005
Investigation by the Office of Internal Oversight Services into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (A/59/661) 
Report of the investigation by the Office of Internal Oversight Services into allegations of “acts of sexual exploitation and abuse of Congolese women and girls by United Nations peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) in Bunia.” (source: A/59/661)
www.undocs.org/a/59/661

October 11, 2002
Report of the Office of Internal Oversight Services on the investigation into sexual exploitation of refugees by aid workers in West Africa (A/57/465) 
Report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) on their investigation of “allegations... of sexual abuse and exploitation by humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers in West Africa.” Also includes as an annex the Report of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Crises, “a newly adopted Plan of Action to strengthen mechanisms for protecting those who depend on international aid.” (source: A/57/465) 
www.undocs.org/a/57/465

Investigation Reports


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UN Press Briefings and Statements


UN Press Briefings and Statements


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Secretary-General

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statements by Un Officials

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Abiding by Highest Standards, We Can Recover Lost Trust, Secretary-General Says in Remarks at Tenth Anniversary of United Nations Ethics Panel
https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sgsm18493.doc.htm

SG Press Briefing (13 September 2017)

http://webtv.un.org/search/ant%C3%B3nio-guterres-un-secretary-general-press-conference-13-september-2017/5575042952001/?term=guterres&cat=Media&sort=date&page=4#t=39m40s

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Data on Allegations


Data on Allegations


 

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