Norway supports fund for UN abuse victims

Norway supports UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.

‘Norway is deeply concerned about the rising number of allegations against UN personnel concerning sexual exploitation and abuse. In 2015, 99 allegations were received, as compared with 80 in 2014.  Norway shares the Secretary-General’s distress at these despicable crimes, and we commend his determination to stop this scourge through a robust programme of action,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

This week, Mr Brende was in New York to take part in the High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security.

‘Sexual exploitation and abuse undermines the credibility of the whole UN system and can ruin victims’ lives. It is totally unacceptable that vulnerable groups are exploited in this way, and we must put the needs of the victims first. Norway therefore welcomes the Secretary-General’s recent decision to establish a trust fund. Norway has decided to allocate NOK 1 million to the trust fund,’ Mr Brende said.