The United Nations announced plans to strengthen its approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse by creating a high-level task force that will develop a “clear, game-changing strategy” to achieve “visible and measurable further improvement.”
The announcement follows a request from Secretary-General António Guterres to Jane Holl Lute, the Special Coordinator for improving the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse.
Members of the high-level task force, all of whom hold official positions within the UN system, will use the upcoming Report of the Secretary-General on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation to present element of the strategy.
In addition to Ms. Lute, the members of the task force are:
William L. Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM);
Atul Khare, Under Secretary-General, Department of Field Support (DFS);
Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the Legal Affairs (OLA);
Christian Saunders, Director, Office of the Under Secretary-General of the Department of Management (DM);
Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO);
Alfredo W. Forti, Special Consultant to the Secretary-General;
Nancee Bright, Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; and
Francesca Marotta, Chief, Methodology, Education and Training Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)