Combatting sexual exploitation and abuse

All UNDP staff and other personnel must adhere to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct at all times. As with the rest of the UN system, UNDP has a zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Acting on misconduct

UNDP investigates all allegations of misconduct by its personnel.If an allegation is substantiated, UNDP will vigorously pursue disciplinary or other action against the perpetrator.

 

UNDP action to address sexual exploitation and abuse

Policies

The Secretary General’s bulletin on sexual exploitation and abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13) applies to all personnel of the United Nations, including those working for UNDP and other separately administered organs and programmes of the United Nations. UNDP adheres to this policy.  Information on sexual exploitation and abuse is also included in the UNDP Code of Ethics.

 

Recruitment

UNDP’s recruitment policy states clearly that staff members who have been found to have violated human rights or sexual exploitation and abuse provisions shall not be employed by the organization. In addition, UNDP is participating in a joint project with other UN agencies to create a system-wide database to ensure that former staff members involved in substantiated cases of sexual exploitation and abuse with one entity in the system cannot be employed by another entity in the UN system.

 

Cooperative Arrangements

The Secretary General’s Bulletin (ST/SGB/2003/13) is part of Individual Contracts and Service Contracts. All individual contractors and service contract holders must formally confirm that they understand what is outlined in this bulletin. These provisions are also reflected in the Staff Regulations and Rules and staff must acknowledge these obligations before commencing a new role.

 

Training and Awareness Raising

UNDP is developing an on-line training course on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, in collaboration with other UN agencies. The course will stress the standards of conduct expected of all personnel, the consequences of breaching them, and the devastating impact of sexual exploitation and abuse on those affected and their families.

Clear information outlining the “No Excuses” approach of UN rules and prohibitions related to sexual exploitation and abuse are available to all UNDP personnel on the Conduct and Discipline site, available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

 

Disciplinary Action

Any allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse reported to UNDP is assessed and may be investigated by the independent Office of Audit and Investigation. If allegations are substantiated, UNDP will rigorously pursue disciplinary or other action against the perpetrator. Depending on the violation, these cases may also, upon consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs, be referred to national authorities for criminal prosecution.

The UNDP Administrator publishes annually the details of allegations of misconduct, including cases of sexual exploitation and abuse, and sanctions taken.

 

Reporting

UNDP also provides real-time reports on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse to the Office of the Special Coordinator. In addition, consolidated data on allegations and substantiated cases of sexual exploitation and abuse are published in the Report of the Secretary-General on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

To serve with pride

A 20-minute film made to raise awareness among UN and related personnel about the impact of acts of sexual exploitation and abuse on individuals and communities. It provides clear information about the obligations of all people serving the UN.

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