64 new sexual abuse allegation reported across UN

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Sixty-four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), involving 77 victims, have been reported, between July and September, across the United Nations, its agencies and partner organisations implementing its programmes.

“Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still in the preliminary assessment phase,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday.

Of those allegations, six involved peacekeepers, 33 involved personnel from UN agencies, funds and programmes and another 25 concerned non-UN staff working with organisations implementing UN programmes.

While 30 of them allegedly took place in 2018; another 15 are said to have happened in the years going back to 2015.

The victims included 42 women, 2 girls and two men and one boy.

The UN launched its a Circle of Leadership, embodying its commitment to eradicating sexual exploitation and abuse in September. 49 heads of State and Government, 22 heads of UN entities and 72 global leaders have joined the movement since.

“The efforts to implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse continue to be strengthened,” said Spokesperson Dujarric.

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