Sixty-ninth session Agenda item 137 Human resources management
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 57/306, the present report provides data on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the United Nations system for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2014 and information on measures being taken to strengthen the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse in the areas of prevention, enforcement and remedial action.
1. The Secretary-General remains fully conscious that a single substantiated case of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse involving United Nations personnel is one case too many. Instances of sexual abuse, such as those involving sexual activities with a minor or coerced sexual relations, are particularly egregious. The implementation of the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations and related personnel remains a priority.
2. In 2012, the Secretary-General introduced an enhanced programme of action to combat sexual exploitation and abuse, a key aspect of which was the appointment of an independent team of experts to assess how four peacekeeping missions were addressing the challenge. In 2013, the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and of Field Support established an interdepartmental and inter-agency working group to study and build on the findings of the team of experts and consider them in the context of experience gained by the Organization over time. The recommendations of the working group were discussed at a high-level meeting of senior leaders in January 2015. In the present report, the Secretary-General sets out proposals for forging a strengthened zero-tolerance policy.
3. The report provides information on the number and type of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse received in 2014 and on the status of investigations into those allegations, as well as an update on the enhanced measures being taken to implement the zero-tolerance policy.