New York

21 June 2019

Note to Correspondents: United Nations and Member States pledge further commitments to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

More than 50 Member States convened at UN Headquarters today at the invitation of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) to take stock of assistance provided to victims through the Trust Fund in support of sexual exploitation and abuse and to pledge further donations to the Fund.

The Under-Secretary General for the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, Jan Beagle, who chaired the meeting, said that projects implemented through the Trust Fund have “helped elevate the voices of victims through reinforced community networks.” “They have also learned new skills and trades which has supported reintegration into their respective communities without fear of retribution or stigma,” added Ms. Beagle.

 In the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 440 community members have benefited from income-generating projects. Similar initiatives are underway in the Central African Republic and Liberia. Assistance and specialized services are being provided by both UN and non-UN entities and organizations.

 Ms. Beagle also thanked the 19 Member States who have so far donated to the Trust Fund, bringing its total to USD 2 million, including some USD 400,000 received from payments withheld from United Nations personnel against whom allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse have been substantiated.

She encouraged further donations to the Trust Fund in order for the United Nations and its partners in the field to provide sustained assistance and support and help restore the dignity of victims, paving the way for economic independence.

Other participants in this meeting of Member States, included the Victims’ Rights Advocate, Assistant Secretary-General Jane Connors, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Leila Zerrougui, and Assistant-Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Miroslav Jenča.

The Trust Fund was created in 2016 by the Secretary-General to provide assistance and specialized services to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN personnel and to children born as a result of these acts.

For more information on the Trust Fund in support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, go to https://conduct.unmissions.org/remedial-trust-fund