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Joint U.S.-UN Training Effort to Uphold Accountability for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Missions: Around the world, the United Nations deploys nearly 100,000 uniformed peacekeepers to help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians. UN policies require all personnel, including peacekeepers, to uphold the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and accountability. While the vast majority of men and women serving as peacekeepers do so with honor and integrity, acts of misconduct still occur, including incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse against the very people peacekeepers are deployed to protect.

The United States is committed to supporting the UN’s zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse. Recently, the United States and the UN jointly conducted the first-ever training course for National Investigation Officers (NIOs) at the UN Training of Trainers Center in Entebbe, Uganda. This interactive course, sponsored through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), an effort managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, provided training for 26 officers from 11 African partner countries. With an emphasis on accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, the training familiarized participants with processes, procedures, and techniques to improve the effectiveness of conduct and discipline investigations in UN peacekeeping. In an effort to combat prohibited behavior and improve accountability, the UN requires troop contributing countries to assign National Investigation Officers to each deployed unit of 150 or more personnel.

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Joint U.S.-UN Training Effort to Uphold Accountability for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Missions: Around the world, the United Nations deploys nearly 100,000 uniformed peacekeepers to help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians. UN policies require all personnel, including peacekeepers, to uphold the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and accountability. While the vast majority of men and women serving as peacekeepers do so with honor and integrity, acts of misconduct still occur, including incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse against the very people peacekeepers are deployed to protect.The United States is committed to supporting the UN’s zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse. Recently, the United States and the UN jointly conducted the first-ever training course for National Investigation Officers (NIOs) at the UN Training of Trainers Center in Entebbe, Uganda. This interactive course, sponsored through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), an effort managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, provided training for 26 officers from 11 African partner countries. With an emphasis on accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, the training familiarized participants with processes, procedures, and techniques to improve the effectiveness of conduct and discipline investigations in UN peacekeeping. In an effort to combat prohibited behavior and improve accountability, the UN requires troop contributing countries to assign National Investigation Officers to each deployed unit of 150 or more personnel.