16 April 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Regretting 31 May Resignation of Special Representative of Sexual Violence


in Conflict, Secretary-General Lauds ‘Exceptional Leadership’


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has informed the Secretary-General that she will relinquish her post on 31 May 2012 due to family considerations.  The Secretary-General has accepted Ms. Wallström’s decision with regret.

The Secretary-General is thankful to Ms. Wallström, who, as his first Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has brought exceptional leadership to this issue, channelling the voices of survivors and victims into the Security Council, and demanding greater accountability and justice at national and international levels.  During her tenure, the landmark Security Council resolution 1960 (2010) was adopted, which put in place the tools for more systematic monitoring and reporting of sexual violence and for the identification of perpetrators. 

The Secretary-General is also appreciative of the role she has had in establishing and giving direction to the Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict, mandated under Security Council resolution 1888 (2009), and opening the ground for the acceptance by national Governments of the Team’s work.  He commends Ms. Wallström for her effective Chairmanship of the inter-agency network, United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict, which continues to give greater coherence to the United Nations system’s response.

The Secretary-General will review possible replacements for Ms. Wallström in due course.

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