Special report urges international action to end abuse of children in the context of UN peacekeeping operations

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Special report urges international action to end abuse of children in the context of UN peacekeeping operations

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Keeping Children Safe has kicked off a new global advocacy initiative by releasing a special report calling on all organisations involved in UN peacekeeping missions to take urgent action to safeguard children. 

Despite the UN’s full commitment to a policy of zero-tolerance, cases of sexual exploitation and abuse of some of the world's most vulnerable children continue to be reported in the context of peacekeeping missions. Keeping Children Safe's report, 'Safeguarding children from sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of UN peacekeeping operations' , calls on all organisations involved in peacekeeping missions, including individual Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs), the UN Secretariat, UN agencies and civil society organisations in both the TCCs and host states to uphold International Child Safeguarding Standards to protect children from harm.

“The vast majority of peacekeeping personnel perform their jobs with courage, dedication and professionalism said Sarah Blakemore, Keeping Children Safe's Director. “Yet those who do abuse children betray the trust of those whom they have been sent to protect and bring shame on the entire UN system. All children have the right to be protected under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and all organisations have the responsibility to keep children safe”.