Note to Correspondents: Voluntary Compact on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Voluntary compact on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse. Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

The United Nations is grateful to the many Member States that have already answered the call by Secretary-General António Guterres to sign onto a Voluntary Compact on preventing and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse.

A number of additional Member States have also formally indicated their intention to sign the Voluntary Compact. This represents an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity and a firm commitment to addressing the issue comprehensively and effectively, ensuring full implementation of the Secretary-General’s Zero Tolerance policy.

The Secretary-General introduced the Compact at a High Level Meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse held in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly on 18 September 2017. The meeting brought together world leaders and leaders of regional and civil society organizations and charted an ambitious strategy aimed at responding comprehensively to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.

At the High Level Meeting, the Secretary-General re-affirmed to Member States that the United Nations would “not tolerate anyone committing or condoning sexual exploitation and abuse” and would “not let anyone cover up these crimes with the UN flag.” The Compact, as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare indicated, is “another visible demonstration of common purpose and collective resolve” to achieve this aim.

The signatories to the Compact represent a broad cross-section of the membership. Their signature – or formal expression of intention to sign – highlights their dedication to the issue and their support to the critical work being done by the United Nations to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security through uniformed personnel to peace operations, addressing humanitarian needs, promoting and protecting human rights and contributing to sustainable development, or through financial contributions.  The document remains open for signature and the Secretariat encourages all Member States that have not signed to add their voice to this important initiative.

The United Nations is grateful to all those Member States that have signed or are taking steps to sign the Compact.  Through the Compact, the Secretary-General and Member States re-affirm their mutual belief that sexual exploitation and abuse runs counter to their shared values and erodes the trust of those the UN serves. The Compact also sets out specific commitments adopted by the United Nations and by signatory Member States to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, to hold individuals accountable and to respect the dignity of those who have been victimized by providing them with meaningful support.

UNITED NATIONS, New York – 29 September 2017


Signatories to the Voluntary Compact Voluntary Compact on Elimination of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse between the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Member States, as of 29 September 2017:

The Republic of Albania

The Principality of Andorra

The Argentine Republic


The People’s Republic of Bangladesh

The Republic of Belarus

The Kingdom of Belgium

The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Federative Republic of Brazil

The Republic of Bulgaria

The Republic of Cabo Verde


The Central African Republic

The Republic of Chile

The Republic of Costa Rica

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

The Republic of Cyprus*

The Czech Republic

The Kingdom of Denmark

The Dominican Republic

The Republic of El Salvador

The Republic of Estonia

The Republic of Fiji*

The Republic of Finland

The French Republic

The Gabonese Republic

The Federal Republic of Germany

The Hellenic Republic

The Republic of Guatemala

The Republic of Honduras

The Republic of Iceland

The Republic of Indonesia

The State of Israel

The Republic of Italy


The Republic of Kazakhstan

The Republic of Latvia

The Republic of Lithuania

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The Republic of Malawi

The Republic of Mali

The Republic of Malta*

The United Mexican States

The Principality of Monaco


The Republic of Namibia

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

The Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Republic of the Niger

The Kingdom of Norway

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The Republic of Panama

The Republic of Paraguay

The Republic of Poland

The Portuguese Republic

The Republic of Korea

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Independent State of Samoa

The Republic of San Marino

The Republic of Senegal

The Republic of Slovenia

The Kingdom of Spain

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The Kingdom of Sweden

The Togolese Republic

The Republic of Tunisia*


The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Republic of Tanzania

The United States of America

The Eastern Republic of Uruguay

The Republic of Zambia

* Member States that are processing the document for signature, having obtained all clearances from capital.

In addition to the signatories listed herein, the following 19 Member States have formally indicated their intention to sign the Voluntary Compact in the near future and are actively processing the required approvals in their capitals:  the Republic of Austria; the Republic of Benin; the Republic of Croatia; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Republic of Djibouti; the Republic of Ecuador; the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; the Republic of Ghana; the Republic of India; Ireland; the Republic of Kenya; the Principality of Liechtenstein; the Federated States of Micronesia; the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the Republic of Peru; the Republic of Rwanda; the Slovak Republic; the Republic of South Africa and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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