The United Nations has been facing an accountability crisis due to failure to properly respond to sexual abuse by peacekeepers, a cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti in 2010, and poisoning of Roma families in Kosovo. While the current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon still has time to save his legacy by responding justly to these problems, the next Secretary General has an opportunity to turn the situation entirely around by respecting human rights from the outset. An accountability pledge led by AIDS-Free World and IJDH asks the Secretary-General candidates to do just that but so far, only four out of 11 have weighed in.
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New UN secretary-general must commit to accountability
Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera
August 28, 2016
Recent accountability crises in United Nations peacekeeping missions have revealed a “culture of impunity”, sullying the organisation’s reputation and undermining its raison d’etre.
In this climate, the incoming secretary-general, set to take office in January 2017, will face significant challenges to upholding the UN’s mission of promoting human rights and the rule of law.
To ensure that accountability is a core component of the new leader’s agenda, a coalition of 37 non-governmental organisations launched a campaign urging the current candidates for the secretary-general position to take an accountability pledge, committing to implement stronger UN accountability mechanisms if selected.
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