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Ethics office

The Ethics Office promotes an ethical organizational culture based on our shared values of integrity, accountability, transparency and respect.

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The Ethics Office assists the Secretary-General in ensuring that all staff members perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity as required by the Charter of the United Nations. The Ethics Office serves the Global Secretariat, including duty stations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi; all regional commissions, peacekeeping operations, special political missions; and other designated offices. We provide a secure, confidential environment where staff can feel free to consult on ethical issues, and seek protection against retaliation for reporting misconduct.

The office is a resource for those who seek advice before engaging in an activity, to avoid and manage conflicts of interest. By providing clear and action-oriented advice, the office helps staff carry out their jobs professionally and fairly, and manage their private lives in a way that does not interfere with their official duties. All employees are expected to cooperate with the Ethics Office and provide access to records and documents when they are requested.

The Ethics Office was established in 2006 to secure the highest standards of integrity of staff members in accordance with Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, taking into consideration paragraph 161 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome and pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/248.

To contact us, please call our Helpline: +1-917-367-9858 or email us: ethicsoffice@un.org.

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