Progress made against sexual exploitation but more to do: UN peacekeeping head

“Significant progress” has been made in dealing with incidences of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations peacekeepers, but much more needs to be done, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping said today, calling for more support from Member States.

Additional staff needed to stop sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping – UN report

With a United Nations General Assembly committee having approved a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is requesting funding to hire the extra employees necessary to ensure compliance with tightened regulations for conduct.

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 project against sex traffic in South Asia hails ‘stunning success’ of first case

A United Nations initiative to fight sex trafficking in South Asia today hailed the first prosecution based on multilateral action as a “stunning success,” calling the 85-year prison sentence imposed by a Thai court on a Cambodian national for procuring under-aged women for prostitution “a groundbreaking decision.”

Heeding Annan’s zero-tolerance on sex abuse, UN suspends two soldiers in Burundi

Implementing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s policy of zero tolerance for sexual abuse by United Nations personnel, the UN mission in Burundi has suspended with immediate effect two military peacekeepers caught in the latest in a series of allegations of such wrongdoing.

UNICEF launches travel agents' code to help combat child sex tourism

With reports indicating that a quarter of international sex tourists are American, and that the number of children being exploited worldwide estimated at 2 million and growing, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today launched a code-of-conduct for the North American travel industry.