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.

UN anti-narcotics chief says community consensus needed to curb drug abuse

The head of the United Nations anti-narcotics agency today stressed the importance of preventive and therapeutic action before drug abuse becomes a health, social and financial burden.

UN officials call for breaking intravenous drug abuse-AIDS link

Highlighting the link between intravenous drug use and transmittal of the AIDS virus, United Nations officials today called for global efforts to establish policies, including public awareness campaigns, to address the spread of the deadly disease through these risky practices.

In Sierra Leone, UN and partners adopt new measures to prevent sex abuse

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), along with key partners, has established a committee to look into recent allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation of children by aid workers in the region.

Sierra Leone: UN puts emphasis on troop conduct in wake of child abuse charges

In the wake of recent allegations that some aid workers and peacekeepers were involved in sexual exploitation of children in refugee camps, a senior military officer of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has been conducting an ongoing “sensitization” tour of UN troop positions.

West Africa: UN team returning to continue investigation into abuse allegations

A United Nations team is returning to West Africa this week to continue investigating charges that refugee children were sexually exploited by aid workers and peacekeepers, the UN's watchdog body said today.