Circle of Leadership

  1. In 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel (A/71/818).  A major element of this new approach was the creation of a Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations operations (CoL) made up of global leaders who actively support this agenda.
  2. The CoL represents a visible and formidable symbol of Members’ commitment to end impunity, to strengthen measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, to respond rapidly and decisively to credible reports of such acts, and to meet the needs of victims quickly and appropriately. It also provides the global high-level political support necessary for success.  On 18 September 2017, the CoL was formally established by the Secretary-General at the High-level Meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.  As at 19 September 2019, 87 sitting and former heads of State/Government are Members of the Circle of Leadership.
  3. Seven informal expert meetings of Member States whose Head of State/Government are members of the CoL have been held to discuss ways to ensure that the political momentum of the Secretary-General’s strategy to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse is sustained and intensified. These meetings took place on: 29 May 2018 (co-sponsors: Australia and Uruguay); 25 June 2018 (co-sponsors:  Finland and Morocco); 27 July 2018 (co-sponsors: The Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom); 17 August 2018 (co-sponsors: Bangladesh and Italy); 30 August 2018 (co-sponsors: Canada and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia); 29 April 2019 (co-sponsors: The Republic of Korea and the Republic of South Africa), and 10 July 2019 (co-sponsors: Austria and the Arab Republic of Egypt).
  4. During these meetings Representatives of the Permanent Missions reiterated the commitment of their Head of State/Government to the Secretary-General’s strategy and the CoL.  They welcomed the opportunity to exchange ideas informally on progress made, good practices and related issues. All agreed that continuing expert-level engagement to discuss best practice and promote greater visibility of the CoL was critical. 
  5. On 27 September 2018, 49 Members of the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in United Nations Operations, and 21 United Nations Entities joined him in issuing a “Collective Statement” to reaffirm their continued personal commitment as global leaders to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the United Nations system.


Membership of the Secretary-General's Circle of Leadership 

As at 19 September 2019, the membership of the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations operations stands at 87 sitting and former heads of State/Government.

Sitting heads of State/Government

  1. Principality of Andorra, Prime Minister Xavier Espot Zamora
  2. Argentina, President Mauricio Macri
  3. Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison
  4. Austria, President Alexander van der Bellen
  5. People's Republic of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina*
  6. Belgium, Prime Minister Charles Michel
  7. Belize, Prime Minister Dean Barrow
  8. Plurinational State of Bolivia, President Evo Morales Ayma
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Members of the Presidency Milorad Dodik, Šefik Džaferović and Zeljko Komšić
  10. Botswana, President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi
  11. Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev
  12. Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré*
  13. Republic of Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza
  14. Republic of Cabo Verde, Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva
  15. Kingdom of Cambodia, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
  16. Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  17. Republic of Chad, President Idriss Deby Itno
  18. Union of the Comoros, President Azali Assoumali
  19. Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara*
  20. Republic of Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades
  21. Denmark, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen
  22. Republic of Djibouti, President and Head of Government Ismael Omar Guelleh*
  23. Dominican Republic, President Danilo Medina Sánchez
  24. Arab Republic of Egypt, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi*
  25. Republic of Estonia, President Kersti Kaljulaid
  26. Republic of Fiji, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
  27. Finland, President Sauli Niinistö
  28. France, President Emmanuel Macron
  29. Georgia, President Salome Zourabichvili
  30. Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel
  31. Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo*
  32. Iceland, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir
  33. India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi*
  34. Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
  35. Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte*
  36. Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  37. Republic of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta
  38. Kingdom of Lesotho, Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane
  39. Libya, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord Faiez Mustafa Serraj
  40. Republic of Malawi, President Arthur Peter Mutharika
  41. Malaysia, Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
  42. Republic of Maldives, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
  43. Kingdom of Morocco, King Mohammed VI*
  44. Republic of Namibia, President Hage G. Geingob
  45. Kingdom of the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte
  46. Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari*
  47. North Macedonia, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev
  48. Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg
  49. Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan*
  50. Palau, President Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr.
  51. Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez
  52. Peru, President Martin Vizcarra Cornejo
  53. Portugal, Prime Minister António Luís Santos da Costa
  54. Republic of Korea, President Jae-in Moon
  55. Romania, President Klaus Werner Iohannis
  56. Republic of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame*
  57. Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet
  58. Republic of Senegal, President Macky Sall*
  59. Slovak Republic, President Zuzana Čaputová
  60. Republic of Slovenia, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec
  61. Republic of South Africa, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa*
  62. Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
  63. Switzerland, President Ueli Maurer
  64. Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo
  65. Togo, President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé*
  66. Republic of Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  67. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  68. United States of America, President Donald J. Trump
  69. Uruguay, President Tabaré Vázquez*
  70. Republic of Zambia, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu*

Former heads of State/Government

  1. Principality of Andorra, the former Prime Minister Antoni Martí-Petit
  2. Australia, the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
  3. Kingdom of Bhutan, the former Prime Minister Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay
  4. Brazil, the former President Michel Temer
  5. Denmark, the former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
  6. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
    the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn*
  7. Iceland, the former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson
  8. Italy, the former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
  9. Republic of Lithuania, the former President Dalia Grybauskaitė
  10. Slovak Republic, the former President Andrej Kiska
  11. Republic of Slovenia, the former Prime Minister Miro Cerar
  12. Republic of South Africa, the former President Jacob Zuma
  13. Spain, the former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey
  14. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the former President Maithripala Sirisena
  15. Switzerland, the former President, Doris Leuthard
  16. Switzerland, the former President Alain Berset
  17. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the former Prime Minister Theresa May

Note: * Top 20 TCCs or PCCs as at 31 May 2019