The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2272 (2016). The resolution, which endorses the special measures recommended by the Secretary-General to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, is a significant step in our collective efforts to combat the terrible damage caused to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. The Secretary-General is pleased that the members of the Security Council have echoed the concerns that he has been raising for months in order to shine a light on a difficult issue.
Moving forward, the Secretary-General’s focus is to make a difference for victims, ensuring protection and support for victims, and to demand zero impunity, emphasizing that accountability is a shared responsibility requiring action by Member States.
It is only by working with Member States, especially troop-contributing countries, that we will be able to ensure accountability and justice for the victims. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for to Member States to work closely with the United Nations to effectively implement the measures he has put forward.