- UN standards of conduct
- Our approach
- Remedial action
- Addressing sexual exploitation and abuse
- Timeline on conduct and discipline
- Reports of the Secretary-General
- Policy documents
Allegation: Uncorroborated information pointing to the possible occurrence of misconduct. If sufficient information is available, an allegation will be followed by an investigation. As per the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), allegations are counted by reports received. An allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse can implicate one or more alleged perpetrators, and it can involve one or more victims.
Sexual abuse: Actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. All sexual activity with a minor (a person under the age of 18) is considered as sexual abuse.
Sexual exploitation: Any actual or attempted abuse of position of vulnerability, differential power or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. This includes acts such as transactional sex, solicitation of transactional sex, and exploitative relationships.
Nationality: Information on the nationality of uniformed personnel is provided from 2015 onwards. Nationality is not provided for civilian personnel.
Date of incident: Date or period during which the alleged sexual exploitation and abuse occurred.Current year (example): An incident that occurred in 2016 and was reported to the UN in 2016 will be marked as current year. Previous year (example): An incident that occurred in 2015 and was reported in 2016 will be marked as previous year in the 2016 column. Other (example): Other refers to incidents that occurred more than one year before they were reported. Example: an incident that occurred in 2013 and was reported in 2016 will be marked as Other in the 2016 column. Additional note: If acts of sexual exploitation and abuse took place over a period of time, the reported allegation will be marked for the year in which the acts ended. Example: an exploitation relationship was ongoing from October 2014 to February 2015, and was reported to the UN in 2015, the allegation will be marked as “current year” in the 2015 column.
Both: Both refers to reports received that relate to both sexual exploitation (e.g. transactional sex) and sexual abuse (e.g. rape).
Communications. Communications sent: Notes Verbales, faxes, e-mails, letters and other formal communications requesting action to be taken by the Member State in relation to investigations, or administrative or disciplinary proceedings. Follow ups to the initial requests are not counted. Communications received: Notes Verbales, faxes, e-mails, letters and other formal communications providing information on action taken by the Member State in relation to investigations, or administrative or disciplinary proceedings.