UN General Assembly adopts Egyptian resolution on zero-tolerance on sexual exploitation, abuse

Menna Alaa El-Din, Saturday 15 Sep 2018

File Photo: United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo:REUTERS)

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted on Thursday, without a vote, a resolution presented by Egypt on the commitment of a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse throughout the UN’s system.

In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that the UNGA adopted the draft resolution by Egypt, where the UN reaffirmed its commitment to the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse throughout the United Nations system, including the agencies, funds and programmes.

According to the statement, the Cairo drafted resolution aims to avoid and block sexual exploitation in missions by UN Peacekeeping Troops, which see Egypt as one of the main and biggest contributors to the UN’s forces.

It also decides to include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-third session the item entitled “Sexual exploitation and abuse: implementing a zero-tolerance policy”, and requests the Secretary-General to continue to report on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, including on progress made in implementing a zero -tolerance policy within the United Nations system, for consideration by the General Assembly, in line with existing mandates and procedures.

In a speech to the UNGA, Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mohamed Edrees said Egypt is committed with supporting the efforts of the UN’s Secretary General in carrying out the zero-tolerance policy towards cases of sexual exploitation and abuse.

He pointed at an Egyptian interest in combating such crimes through Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s participation in a top meeting by the UN in 2017 over stopping sexual exploitation in the UN’s peacekeeping missions.

In 2016, 103 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported in UN field missions, according to a UN peacekeeping report released in March 2017.

Nearly 118,000 UN troops and police are currently serving in 16 peacekeeping missions around the world, according to the UN's January 2017 statistics.

Egypt is the seventh largest contributor to the United Nations peacekeeping forces, the State Information Service (SIS) said in a report in September 2017.  



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