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18.SET.17

End the “black mark” of sex crimes

UN chief António Guterres to urge world leaders to prevent sexual abuse

Guterres considers that sexual exploitation and abuse are issues that have left a black mark on the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations and admits that they persist despite U.N. vows to combat the scourge.

He’s told reporters this week that the United Nations has drafted a compact which he hopes the organization's 193 member states will sign. According to the U.N. it emphasizes "the shared principles" of the U.N. and member states for conducting peace operations including commitments to prevent sexual exploitation.

The U.N. chief said he is also creating a "Circle of Leadership" comprising heads of state and government who make commitments to end impunity for alleged perpetrators and to strengthen measures to prevent sexual exploitations and abuse in international deployments. The leaders joining the circle will be announced on Monday, and a U.N. official said there are about 50.

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