Addressing Sexual Harassment within the Organizations of the UN System

Harassment of any type is antithetical to the principles of the UN, and sexual harassment in particular undermines its credibility and degrades its staff. The Secretary-General and UN system leaders committed to a zero-tolerance approach to tackling sexual harassment, to strengthening victim-centred prevention and response efforts, and fostering a safe and inclusive working environment across the UN system.

To realize these commitments, CEB established in November 2017 the CEB Task Force on Addressing Sexual Harassment within the organizations of the UN system (‘CEB Task Force’), under the leadership of Ms. Jan Beagle, Under-Secretary-General for Management and Chair of HLCM, to drive joint action in key priority areas: (i) harmonized sexual harassment policy; (ii) accountability and improved reporting; (iii) awareness raising, communication and support; and (iv) strengthened investigative capacity.


UN System Model Policy on Sexual Harassment

Developed by the CEB Task Force, the model policy, is expected to lead to the issuing of consistent and strengthened sexual harassment policies throughout the UN system. It includes, among others, model provisions for formal and informal reporting of sexual harassment, prevention, support to affected individuals, and protection against retaliation.

CEB, in November 2018, endorsed the UN System Model Policy on Sexual Harassment on recommendation of HLCM which had approved the model policy at its 36th session on 10-11 October 2018.

Screening Database “ClearCheck”

The Screening Database is a critical system-wide tool to avoid the hiring and re-hiring of individuals whose working relationship with an organization of the system ended because of a determination that they perpetrated sexual harassment. The Database also allows for the inclusion of individuals with pending allegations of sexual harassment who leave the organization before the completion of the investigation and/or disciplinary process.

Guide for Managers: Prevention of, and Response to, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This practical guide assists managers to fulfil their obligations to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace by providing a checklist of measures to take, possible signs of sexual harassment to watch out for and principles to follow when being approached with a complaint.

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