Probe into sexual abuse in Central African Republic must 'leave no stone unturned' – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today described the latest reports of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic as “sickening,” calling for a thorough investigation into alleged conducts by UN and French troops, as well as local armed groups.

In Op-Ed, UN envoy details Organization's measures to root out sexual exploitation in its peace missions

In an opinion piece published today by Newsweek, the head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) addressed how the Organization is countering child sex abuse by its troops.

New UN-Arab League agreement aims to prevent conflict-related sexual violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States today signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region.

UN team sent to Central African Republic to investigate new allegations of sexual exploitation

The United Nations has reported that a delegation led by the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for the Central African Republic visited Kemo prefecture to gather more information on new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as to engage with local communities and authorities.

Ban says he holds all senior UN officials responsible for addressing sexual exploitation or abuse

Speaking with senior United Nations officials who are preparing to be deployed to field missions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he holds them all responsible for helping to address sexual exploitation or abuse, and for helping to create a 'zero-tolerance' culture.

Seasoned official appointed to coordinate UN efforts to curb sexual abuse by peacekeepers

Facing a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge.

UNESCO issues voluntary sex education guidelines to help young people

New voluntary sexuality education guidelines have been issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help young people learn how to protect themselves against HIV and against abuse and exploitation.

UN Population Fund joins in Congolese campaign against sexual violence

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has joined forces with civil society groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to launch a nationwide public awareness campaign aimed at reducing the country’s appalling levels of sexual violence.

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-backed study paints grim picture of neglect in promoting reproductive health

The huge level of disability and premature death due to sexual and reproductive problems is rising around the world, with over half a million women dying each year in pregnancy and childbirth, yet financial support for family planning is falling amid growing political interference, according to a new United Nations-backed ‘wake-up call’ study.