The United Nations is committed to strengthening its capacity to work with and for young people and to be an accountability leader, in line with the “Youth 2030: The UN Youth Strategy” (Youth2030 Strategy). However, research has shown that young people, especially young women, in some cases may be exposed to abuse and exploitation when engaging with the UN.

Building on the UN’s comprehensive code of conduct and recognizing that power dynamics rooted in age can play a role in cases of harassment, abuse of authority, and/or exploitation, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has developed a youth-friendly online training on preventing abuse of authority, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse, in the context of young people’s engagement with the UN.

Through various examples inspired by real-life events, the training aims to:

    • Build the capacity of young people in reacting to unwelcome conduct by raising awareness about the existing UN reporting mechanisms;
    • Encourage a variety of response options, including official reporting and bystander interventions;
    • Ensure that young people have a clear understanding of the UN’s responsibility in preventing and addressing harm against them arising from actions and behaviors of UN’s staff and other actors in a UN setting.

Message from the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth about the initiative to promote young people’s safe engagement at the UN:

Please click here to access the training.

If you have any questions about the training, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions document in English, French and Spanish. You can click to access the text and video instructions for registering on Inspira as an external learner.

To mark the launch of this virtual youth-friendly training module in June 2022, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth organized a dialogue between UN leadership and young people. The aim of the discussion was to promote the youth-friendly training module and initiate collective reflection on how we can further contribute to a UN that is harmonious, respectful and accountable for everyone under the Youth2030 Strategy, the Call to Action for Human Rights and Our Common Agenda. If you would like to re-watch the discussion, please click here.



Reporting: The United Nations should be a safe space for all young people. If you have experienced any kind of misconduct, sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse by United Nations Secretariat staff, this can be reported through the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). You can do so anonymously or in full disclosure by clicking on this link. OIOS is the internal oversight body of the United Nations and provides investigation services to the Secretariat, including the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Investigations Hotline

Any individual can report any wrongdoing directly to OIOS in the following ways:

Phone: +1 212 963-1111 (24 hours a day)

Online reporting form: report wrongdoing through this link.

Regular mail:
Director, Investigations Division
Office of Internal Oversight Services
300 East 42nd Street (at 2nd Avenue)
7th Floor
New York, NY 10017