Quarterly Updates

2018 – 2nd Quarter Report

UN Deputy Spokesperson

Daily Briefing – 30 July 2018

As part of the Secretary-General’s commitment to increase transparency on the reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN, I have an update on the period of 1 April-30 June. Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

During this period, the UN received 43 allegations involving UN personnel – 18 from peacekeeping and 25 from agencies, funds and programmes. We also received 24 allegations involving non-UN personnel working for implementing partners. 3 allegations pertain to non-UN international forces authorized by a Security Council mandate. The total number of allegations is 70. 27 incidents allegedly took place in 2018; 9 in 2017; 5 in 2016; 10 in 2015; 2 in 2014; and the date is unknown for 17 allegations.

Of the 70 allegations, 18 are categorized as sexual abuse, 46 as sexual exploitation, 3 as other and 3 are of an unknown nature. There are 84 victims: 46 women, 17 girls (under the age of 18), 12 females whose age is unknown, 1 boy (under the age of 18), and 5 males of an unknown age. The gender of 3 victims is unknown. Alleged perpetrators include 80 men, 4 women, and 4 individuals whose gender is unknown.

Of the 70 allegations, 3 have been substantiated through an investigation and 2 were not substantiated. 34 allegations are at various stages of investigation; 24 are under preliminary assessment; 3 are under review and limited information has been provided by the reporting organization. 4 were closed under other circumstances. 16 allegations have been referred to the Member State for action.

Meanwhile, we have continued our efforts to implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse. With regard to ending impunity, in June we launched an electronic tool for screening UN staff dismissed as a result of substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, or who resigned or were separated during an investigation.

 

2018 – 1st Quarter Report

UN Deputy Spokesperson

Daily Briefing – 1 May 2018

Today, I want to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system, in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations.

For the first three months of this year, from 1 January to 31 March 2018, we have received 54 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

Out of the 54 allegations, 14 are reported from peacekeeping operations and 18 from agencies, funds and programmes. 21 allegations relate to implementing partners and 1 to a member of a non-UN international force.

Of the 54 allegations, 17 are categorized as sexual abuse, 34 as sexual exploitation, and 3 are of an unknown nature.

The allegations involve 66 victims – including 13 girls (under the age of 18) and 16 victims whose age remains unknown.

With regard to the status of the allegations, 2 have been substantiated by an investigation; 2 were not substantiated; 21 are at various stages of investigation; 27 are under preliminary assessment; and 1 investigation’s result is under review.

With over 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed personnel working for the UN, sexual exploitation and abuse are not reflective of the conduct of the majority of the dedicated women and men who serve the Organization. But every allegation involving our personnel undermines our values and principles and the sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world. For this reason, combating this scourge, and helping and empowering those who have been scarred by these egregious acts, continue to be key priorities for the Secretary-General in 2018.

 

2017 - 4th Quarter Report

UN Spokesperson

Daily Briefing – 22 February 2018

I wanted first to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system. And this is in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations. From 1 October to 31 December 2017, we have received 40 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

Out of the 40 allegations, 15 are reported from peacekeeping operations. These 15 are not new allegations – they have all been uploaded on the Conduct and Discipline database as they have come in. And that is a publicly available website. The remaining 25 allegations are reported from agencies, funds and programmes, and include 8 allegations relating to implementing partners.

Of the 40 allegations, 13 are categorized as sexual abuse, 24 as sexual exploitation, and 3 are of an unknown nature.

The 40 allegations involve 54 victims -- 30 are women, 16 are girls (under the age of 18), the ages of 8 others are unknown. 12 of the 40 allegations occurred in 2017, 7 in 2016, 3 in [2015] or prior, and the dates are unknown for 18 of them.

With regard to the status of the 40 allegations, 2 have been substantiated by an investigation; 3 are not substantiated; 15 are at various stages of investigation; 18 are under preliminary assessment; 2 are under review with limited information provided to the investigating entity.

With over 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed personnel working for the United Nations around the world, sexual exploitation and abuse are not reflective of the conduct of the majority of the dedicated women and men who serve people around the world. But every allegation involving our personnel undermines our values and principles and the sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world. For this reason, combating this scourge, and helping and empowering those who have been scarred by these egregious acts, continue to be key priorities for the Secretary-General in 2018.

 

2017 - 3rd Quarter Report

UN Spokesperson

Daily Briefing - 3 November 2017

We wanted to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse. For the period of 1 July to 30 September, we have received 31 allegations. Not all of them have been verified, and some are in the preliminary assessment phase. Out of the 31 allegations, 12 are from peacekeeping operations and 19 from agencies, funds and programmes. 10 are categorized as sexual abuse, 19 as sexual exploitation, and 2 are of an unknown nature. 12 of these allegations occurred in 2017, 2 in 2016, 6 in 2015 or prior, and the date(s) are unknown for 11 of them. 38 male alleged perpetrators have been associated with these incidents. Of the 36 victims, 72 per cent are women and 19 per cent are girls (the others are unknown). 14 investigations have been launched during this timeframe.

Meanwhile, we have continued our efforts to implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.

Victims’ Rights Advocates have been appointed at Headquarters and in four field missions. We will have Assistant Secretary-General Jane Connors with us shortly. She has just returned from the Central African Republic. We are also piloting a Victims Assistance Protocol which sets the roles and responsibilities of those on the ground to ensure coordination to provide victims with immediate assistance. And with the most recent voluntary contributions from Member States, the Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse will rise to $1.5 million.

The Secretary-General has also instructed the heads of all entities system-wide to provide action plans and risk analyses to commit the leadership to the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse and almost all have been received.

With regards to our efforts to end impunity, we have developed an electronic tool for screening UN staff dismissed as a result of substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, or who resigned or were dismissed during an investigation. We have also launched mandatory training for all UN personnel prior to deployment. This month we are piloting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a single and uniform ‘Incident Report Form’ to improve our data collection.

We also continue our efforts to engage with Member States. So far, 58 Heads of State/Government have joined the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership

74 Member States have signed the Voluntary Compact and 18 more have formally indicated their intention to sign it.

 

Other Initiatives

  • The distribution of the No Excuse cards in six official languages across the UN system on UN personnel’s responsibilities and obligations with respect to conduct, as well as preventing and reporting sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • A mandatory e-learning module for personnel within the UN system as well as implementing partners and contractors on prevention and reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • Mandated quarterly reporting from all relevant entities across the United Nations system. To date three quarterly reports have been completed and reviewed by the Secretary-General. This is to improve data collection, monitoring and accountability of all entities. The essence of these reports will be made public for transparency.

  • A Repository of national laws of Member States deployed to peacekeeping operations and special political missions. So far 39 States have shared their legal framework with the Office of the Special Coordinator. The purpose is that of a reference database of national legislation on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse to further enhance awareness and transparency.

  • A mapping exercise to identify all policy and procedures throughout the United Nations system that apply to sexual exploitation and abuse - the policies from 26 United Nations entities have been inventoried.

  • The Secretary-General is regularly liaising with Member States to improve their accountability and bring to victims the justice they deserve.

    • Strengthening of investigations, including the possibility of pooling investigative capacities to maximize resources and expertise, sharing of best practices).

    • Rapid deployment and appointment of National Investigations Officers in the field when sexual exploitation and abuse allegations occur.