New efforts launched to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse

Friday, 05 May 2017

Global | DM

“Let us declare in one voice: We will not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not let anyone cover up these crimes with the United Nations flag. Every victim deserves justice and our full support. Together, let us deliver on that promise”, said Secretary-General António Guterres in a special video message recorded 9 March.

Since taking office at the beginning of the year, the Secretary-General has put sexual abuse and exploitation at the top of his agenda. His report on ‘Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse’ (A/71/818) outlines four main areas of action: putting victims first; ending impunity; engaging civil society and external partners; and improving strategic communications for education and transparency.

Based on data collected across the UN system, the UN is aware of 145 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel made in 2016. Sixty-five allegations involved civilian personnel and 80 involved uniformed personnel. The Secretary-General understands that this is a problem which must be addressed system-wide. For this reason, new efforts are being implemented to align, strengthen and track measures in the areas of prevention, response, and accountability.

The first of these initiatives is a new online learning programme, “Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel” on which is now mandatory for all UN staff and other personnel, whether they serve at Headquarters, other duty stations or anywhere in the world where the UN flag is flown.

The new e-training was developed by the Department of Field Support with generous funding from the Government of Japan and uses scenarios, case studies, and short videos to educate personnel. A brief assessment is required to complete the course. The training is currently available in English and is being translated into all six UN official languages. Efforts are also being made to translate it into the languages of troop and police-contributing countries.

To take the training, log in to -> My Learning -> search for:

· LMS-2398 (mandatory for staff and personnel)

· LMS-2399 (mandatory for managers and commanders)

For more information on the UN system-wide efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, please visit

Watch a 2-minute video summary of the e-training here: (