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UN Launches E-Learning Programme to Tackle Sexual Exploitation

Blue helmets and uniforms of UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo / Marco Dormino

Blue helmets and uniforms of UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo / Marco Dormino

The United Nations department providing logistical support to field missions has announced the launch of a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse.

The programme is part of the UN’s wider effort to implement a series of corrective and preventive measures, following a number of allegations of such misconduct, including within the ranks of its peacekeepers.

“The new e-learning programme is an important step in reinforcing our prevention efforts against misconduct by UN personnel,” said Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare in a memo issued to journalists by the UN spokesperson’s office.

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The new online learning programme was developed by the Department of Field Support with the funding of the Government of Japan, and is currently being piloted at the UN Headquarters and by select uniformed and civilian peacekeeping mission staff.

The rollout to all field missions, as well as all peacekeeping and field support personnel in Headquarters, will be completed by the end of 2016. The programme will then be available for all Secretariat personnel in early 2017.

The new programme complements the pre-deployment training that Member States are currently responsible for providing.

The Department also announced that the Government of India has provided $100,000 to the trust fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, the first contribution received by the Secretariat.

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