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 28 May 2019, 74 sitting and former heads of State/Government are Members of the Circle of Leadership.
  3. Six 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), and 29 April 2019 (co-sponsors: The Republic of Korea and the Republic of South Africa). 
  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 28 May 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 74 sitting and former heads of State/Government.

Sitting heads of State/Government

  1. Principality of Andorra, Prime Minister Antoni Martí-Petit
  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. Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev
  10. Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré*
  11. Republic of Cabo Verde, Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva
  12. Kingdom of Cambodia, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
  13. Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  14. Union of the Comoros, President Azali Assoumali
  15. Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara*
  16. Republic of Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades
  17. Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
  18. Republic of Djibouti, President and Head of Government Ismael Omar Guelleh*
  19. Dominican Republic, President Danilo Medina Sánchez
  20. Arab Republic of Egypt, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi*
  21. Republic of Estonia, President Kersti Kaljulaid
  22. Republic of Fiji, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
  23. Finland, President Sauli Niinistö
  24. France, President Emmanuel Macron
  25. Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel
  26. Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo*
  27. Iceland, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir
  28. India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi*
  29. Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadker
  30. Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte*
  31. Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  32. Republic of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta
  33. Kingdom of Lesotho, Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane
  34. Republic of Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaitė
  35. Republic of Malawi, President Arthur Peter Mutharika
  36. Malaysia, Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
  37. Kingdom of Morocco, King Mohammed VI*
  38. Kingdom of the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte
  39. Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari*
  40. North Macedonia, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev
  41. Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg
  42. Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan*
  43. Palau, President Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr.
  44. Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez
  45. Peru, President Martin Vizcarra Cornejo
  46. Portugal, Prime Minister António Luís Santos da Costa
  47. Republic of Korea, President Jae-in Moon
  48. Romania, President Klaus Werner Iohannis
  49. Republic of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame*
  50. Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet
  51. Republic of Senegal, President Macky Sall*
  52. Slovak Republic, President Andrej Kiska
  53. Republic of South Africa, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa*
  54. Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
  55. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena
  56. Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo
  57. Togo, President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé*
  58. Republic of Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  59. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Theresa May
  60. United States of America, President Donald J. Trump
  61. Uruguay, President Tabaré Vázquez*
  62. Republic of Zambia, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu*

Former heads of State/Government

  1. Australia, the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
  2. Kingdom of Bhutan, the former Prime Minister Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay
  3. Brazil, the former President Michel Temer
  4. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
    the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn*
  5. Iceland, the former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson
  6. Italy, the former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
  7. Malaysia, the former Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak
  8. Republic of Slovenia, the former Prime Minister Miro Cerar
  9. Republic of South Africa, the former President Jacob Zuma
  10. Spain, the former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey
  11. Switzerland, the former President, Doris Leuthard
  12. Switzerland, the former President Alain Berset

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