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To serve with pride
21 August 2009 / 08:58

[Dateline: New York | Authors: OCHA/DFS]To serve with pride: DVD Front cover

To enhance measures to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations and other personnel in humanitarian, peacekeeping and development settings, a DVD called “To Serve with Pride – Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse” and its accompanying guide for facilitating viewing is now available in multiple languages.


The DVD is designed to raise awareness among UN and related personnel on how acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) impact individuals and whole communities.


It also provides clear information on the obligations with which all people serving for the United Nations have to comply, as stated in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13).


The DVD may be shown by all UN offices as part of facilitated awareness-raising sessions.


Though initially produced in 2006, the DVD is now available in English, French and Spanish with sub-titles in Arabic, Russian and English. The guide is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. To order copies, please contact UNDP:


Although sexual exploitation and abuse is not a new phenomenon, it was brought to the forefront of public attention in 2002 following allegations of widespread sexual exploitation and abuse of refugees and internally displaced women and children by humanitarian workers and peacekeepers in West Africa.


These grave and substantiated allegations highlighted both the vulnerability of populations in this kind of situations and the shortcomings of existing mechanisms to prevent such abuses from occurring within the UN system. Further reports of SEA have come forward since then.


Additional tools produced by the Executive Committees on Humanitarian Affairs and Peace and Security (ECHA/ECPS) UN and NGO Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) include:


  • guides for training senior managers as well as focal points on PSEA; 

  • terms of reference for PSEA focal points and PSEA country-level networks;  

  • a series of interviews with Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators on PSEA-related good practice; and 

  • a guide to programming on assistance to victims and more.


To order these or learn of additional resources, please contact


Authored by the ECHA/ECPS UN and NGO Task Force on PSEA, submitted on its behalf by OCHA and DFS.


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