Conduct and Discipline

Role of the Conduct and Discipline Team (CDT)

CDT is the focal point for all conduct and discipline-related issues in field missions and addresses misconduct through a three-pronged strategy: prevention, enforcement and remedial action.

  • Prevention of misconduct: CDT promotes awareness of UN standards of conduct using targeted training programs and materials for each category of personnel, raising awareness of the host population on expected standards of conduct and available reporting mechanisms and providing training to local NGOs on conduct and discipline- related issues. 
  • Enforcement:  CDT receives reports on all types of alleged misconduct involving UN personnel including sexual exploitation and abuse, channels the reports to the appropriate investigative bodies, provides advice and maintains a database to facilitate monitoring of outcomes of investigations. CDT also shares information on available reporting mechanisms with members of the host population.
  • Remedial action: The purpose of remedial action is to ensure that victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel receive basic assistance and emergency support (medical, psychological, legal) even before an investigation is initiated.

NB: CDT’s mandate does not include conducting investigations or participating in other fact-finding activities related to misconduct by UN personnel. In addition, the CDT mandate does not include engaging in dispute settlement such as mediation or negotiation.

 

Standards of conduct expected from UN Personnel:

UN personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of conduct including:

  • Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity;
  • Zero tolerance including zero impunity for all acts of misconduct, in particular, sexual exploitation and abuse;
  • Individual and collective accountability for all acts of misconduct, including duty to protect and duty to report.

 

Prohibition of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

As per ST/SGB/2003/13 - Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse:

  • Sexual activity with children (under the age of 18) is prohibited
  • Exchange of money, employment, goods, assistance or services for sex is prohibited
  • Use of children or adults to procure sexual services for others is prohibited

The UN maintains a policy of Zero Tolerance to SEA and all UN personnel have a duty to report any concerns regarding sexual exploitation and abuse by a fellow worker through the established reporting mechanisms. Every allegation of SEA activity is investigated, and if substantiated, results in disciplinary measures being imposed (ranging from possible suspension or immediate repatriation to summary dismissal).

The current status of SEA allegations can be found at: www.cdu.unlb.org.       See also:

Message from the Special Representative of the Secretary General to MINUSMA personnel on expected standards of conduct, with emphasis on SEA.

 

How to report an allegation of misconduct?

Any perceived act of misconduct, notably Sexual Exploitation and Abuse should be reported.

  • Report by email (minusma-cdt@un.org), telephone hotline line- (94 95 05 46), or in-person to the Conduct and Discipline Team located in Bamako and Gao, to SEA focal points and/or to Heads of Office in the regions.
  • Report as soon as the incident occurs.
  • Provide as much detail as possible e.g.: Who? When? Where, What?
  • Report in good faith. Making a false allegation is considered misconduct and diverts valuable resources.

Allegations of misconduct may also be reported directly to the Investigations Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (ID/OIOS), to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and to Mission SEA Focal Points and/or to Heads of Office in the regions

 

Useful documents and tools:

 

CDT’s Newsletters

 

CDT contact details:

Senou : MOB, Block D-4 

Gao: Super Camp, Room B11

Hotline: 9495-0546

Email: minusma-cdt@un.org