UN Special Coordinator

Jane Holl Lute of the United States, Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuseJane Holl Lute of the United States was appointed by the Secretary-General in February 2016 as Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.

The appointment of Ms. Lute is part of a series of ongoing measures derived from the Secretary-General’s analysis of the High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic that submitted its report on 17 December 2015. The Secretary-General is committed to ensuring that the systemic issues, fragmentation and other weaknesses identified are fully addressed in a timely manner and, in so doing, to uphold the trust that must underpin all international engagements.

Ms. Lute supports the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and the leadership of United Nations offices, departments, funds and programmes to better align our peacekeeping and human rights systems and to strengthen United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.

In January 2017, The Secretary-General, in consultation with members of the Executive Committee, asked Ms. Jane Holl Lute to convene a high-level task force to develop as a matter of urgency, a clear, game-changing strategy to achieve visible and measurable further improvement in the Organisation’s approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Task Force consisted of Ms. Jane Holl Lute; Mr. William L. Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration; Mr. Atul Khare, Under Secretary-General, Department of Field Support; Mr. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the Legal Affairs; Mr. Christian Saunders, Director, Office of the Under Secretary-General of the Department of Management; Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Mr. Alfredo W. Forti, Special Consultant to the Secretary-General; Ms. Nancee Bright, Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; and Ms. Francesca Marotta, Chief, Methodology, Education and Training Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Task Force used the Report of the Secretary-General on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation, which was issued on 9 March, to present the elements of the strategy and the Chair was charged to consult widely and as appropriate with all stakeholders among Member States, across the UN system, and with other relevant organizations.