UN Resident Coordinator Relaunch of In-Country Network on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) by UN and related Personnel

UN Resident Coordinator/DSRSG Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, African Development Bank Country Representative Margaret Kilo and members of PSEA In-Country Network during the relaunch. UN Resident Coordinator/DSRSG Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, African Development Bank Country Representative Margaret Kilo and members of PSEA In-Country Network during the relaunch.

Monrovia: Sexual violence is a gross violation of Human Rights. Yet, it is a dark reality not only in Liberia but globally; across all countries and social groups.

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse can take many forms and occurs at family, community, as well as at institutional levels including school and care centers. Effects of sexual violence entail serious physical, psychological and social consequences in both the short- and long-term for not only survivors but for their families and communities.

Such violations, committed by UN and related staff, will under no circumstances be tolerated as the very essence of our presence in the country and elsewhere lie in the population’s trust that we will support, shelter and protect them. It brings harm to the people as well as our organizations, and violates universally recognized international legal norms and standards.

On 25 January 2017, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary General Mr. Yacoub El Hillo relaunched the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and related personnel In-Country Network (PSEA) which had not been active since the EVD outbreak in 2014. With this relaunch the Resident Coordinator reiterated the UNCT Liberia’s commitment to the UN Zero Tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and related staff as outlined in the UN Secretary-Generals Bulletin on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13).

UNCT Agency focal points at technical level has been designated including representatives from International NGOs in Liberia to strengthen the coordination, prevention, protection and response of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by UN and related personnel. The network will meet at Head of Agency level on a quarterly basis to strengthen coordination and work within this area.

During the launch the UN Resident Coordinator also signed an Interoffice Memorandum to all Staff Members of United Nations Country Team Liberia reminding all staff on the policy, regulation and responsibility of staff.