The Executive Committees on Humanitarian Affairs and Peace and Security (ECHA/ECPS) United Nations (UN) and Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse was established in February 2005 with the aim of preventing acts of sexual exploitation and abuse and improving response to it when it occurs.
Co-chaired by the Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Department for Field Support (DFS) and consisting of more than 30 UN and non-UN entities, this Task Force took up the work of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Crises.
Areas of focus
The Task Force works on the 4 pillars of protection from sexual exploitation and abuse:
The Task Force supports the establishment of UN and NGO policies and develops tools so as to assist in protecting from sexual exploitation and abuse. It has produced, for example:
- Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and non-UN Personnel
- awareness-raising video, and
- UN strategy on assistance to victims, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, and an accompanying implementation guide.
Future outputs will include guidance on developing complaints mechanisms, training modules for managers and PSEA focal points, and guidance for implementing the UN Secretary-General’s Bulletin on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
The Task Force also provides strategic and technical support to selected field operations. In this context, it builds capacity through training, provides guidance and more.
Finally, the Task Force strengthens inter-agency collaboration on PSEA activities so as to ensure complementarity and knowledge-sharing and avoid duplication.
Co-chairs: Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Department for Field Support (DFS). Members: Consists of more than 30 UN and non-UN entities including:
Catholic Relief Services, Care USA, DESA, DFS, DPA, DPI, DPKO, DSS, HAP International, Human Rights Watch, IOM, Interaction, IFRC, IRC, Keeping Children Safe, OCHA, OHCHR, OHRM, OIOS, OLA, Oxfam GB, Peace Women, Refugees International, Save the Children UK, UNDOCO, UNDP, UNFIP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNRWA, WHO and WFP.