Trust fund on victim assistance

The Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse was established by the Secretary-General in March 2016 to provide greater support to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations and related personnel. The trust fund is aimed at, among other things, engaging in community outreach and addressing service gaps in the provision of assistance and support for complainants, victims and children born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse. The Trust Fund will not be used to provide compensation to complainants or victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Secretary-General called upon all Member States to contribute to the trust fund to demonstrate the shared commitment to provide meaningful assistance to those who have been victimized by UN personnel. To date, contributions have been made by Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway. In June 2016, Member States also agreed (A/RES/70/286) that payments withheld in substantiated cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel should be transferred to the trust fund.