On July 27, IJDH, AIDS-Free World and 35 other organizations from around the world asked the candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General to sign a pledge to make the UN more accountable for violations like cholera and sexual abuse. One of the candidates, Dr. Danilo Turk, responded positively to this initiative, though he declined to sign on at this time.
Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text.
Ljubljana, 29 July 2016
Thank you for your letter of 27 July, 2016 reaffirming your commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations. I appreciate the fact that your initiative is endorsed by 35 civil society organizations from around the world. I also agree with you that the next Secretary – General must give priority to making the UN more accountable. The examples of sexual exploitation and abuse and the cholera in Haiti demonstrate the gravity and urgency of the task at hand.
Throughout my life – as a human rights expert and activist, as a diplomat, as a member of the UN Secretariat and as a Head of State – I have strived to improve the human condition of peoples by strengthening human rights and justice and by improving fairness in societies. Therefore it is natural that my vision statement for the next Secretary-General starts with “People First…” Moreover, in my media interviews, and, most important, in my informal dialogue with the General Assembly, I have clearly expressed my commitment to fairness towards the victims of cholera in Haiti and for substantial, credible and speedy investigations of the cases of sexual abuse committed by peacekeepers.
Click HERE for the full text.