Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse

Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing children to get the support they need to avoid unwanted and potentially damaging relationships.

Strengthening the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Following his analysis of the report of the High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute of the United States as Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse, in February 2016.

Child trafficking, exploitation on the rise, warns UN expert

In an increasingly interconnected world, children are more at risk that ever of being sexually exploited or sold, a United Nations independent expert warned today, calling for decisive steps at the global level to stop crimes such as child prostitution and trafficking.

UNICEF warns of impact of high prevalence of child abuse in East Asia and the Pacific

The high prevalence of physical abuse is causing long-term damage to the lives of far too many children in East Asia and the Pacific, warns a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN will enforce ‘zero tolerance’ policy against sexual abuse, peacekeeping official says

The United Nations, which fields nearly 200,000 people from well over 100 countries rotating through its peacekeeping missions every year, is determined to reinforce its policy of zero tolerance and remains constantly vigilant to fight the scourge, a senior official said today.

UN hosts meeting aimed at tackling problems of sexual abuse by field personnel

DNA samples, new international pacts and assistance to victims were among the measures discussed today at a conference on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel, where Secretary-General Kofi Annan set a strict tone by declaring that no one should be above the law.

Do sports, not drugs: new UN-backed anti-narcotics programme targets youth

A United Nations-backed programme to use sport to prevent drug use and criminal behaviour among young people was officially launched today with both officials and sports stars stressing the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Children in European and Central Asian residential institutions vulnerable to abuse - UN

The estimated 1 million children who go from broken homes to residential institutions in Europe and Central Asia are “desperately vulnerable” to violence that is only rarely reported, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report.

Complaints of sexual infractions at UN last year doubled from 2003

The number of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation made by and about United Nations personnel in 2004 was more than double the number reported in 2003, a development that is deeply distressing, even though contributing factors include clearer reporting procedures and new response measures, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly.

UN agencies launch European campaign to combat deadly family child abuse

With family violence killing four children under the age of 14 each day in Europe, and many thousands more enduring years of abuse for every child who dies, the United Nations has launched a continent-wide campaign against the scourge, declaring that “Home sweet home” is a myth for many children.