Since 2005, the UN has instituted a “zero tolerance” policy and strong measures to combat sexual exploitation, abuse, and other misconduct by peacekeepers.
• Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations' Conduct and Discipline Unit provides mandatory conduct, discipline, and awareness training for all troops and staff. The UN has also instituted ethics reforms, whistleblower protections, and improved recruitment and procurement practices.
• Investigating abuses. The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services thoroughly investigates any allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse. Violations result in repatriating the perpetrators to face legal repercussions and disciplinary measures.
• Assistance to victims. The UN has established a sexual exploitation and abuse victim assistance mechanism in every country in which it operates to provide victims with access to the services they need, including medical, legal, psychosocial, and immediate care. Victims whose claims have been substantiated can also receive expanded assistance and support.