The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on all parties in the war on terror to address a series of critical challenges, including training for all staff and providing “adequate” protection against sexual violence and other forms of sexual exploitation.
But it is the first time the U,N.
has called for a full ban on sexual violence.
The U.K. and France have not yet announced their positions on the resolution.
But U.NAIDS President Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement that the resolution was important for “the global commitment to addressing sexual violence, including in all aspects of our work, and the prevention of future abuses.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the UNAIDS secretary general, Filippo Grandi, said: “The Security Council is now in a position to commit to a comprehensive, robust, and effective response to the challenge of sexual violence worldwide, in which survivors and survivors advocates must be part of the solution.”
“We call on all countries to take a decisive and responsible stand against sexual exploitation and violence,” he said.
The resolution, adopted by the Security Council’s foreign ministers and adopted in the absence of any vetoes, calls for a commitment from all parties to develop a framework for training staff in response to sexual violence or sexual exploitation, to address sexual violence in all its forms and to ensure that “all perpetrators of sexual abuse and sexual violence are identified and prosecuted.”
The UNAID resolution is the second in a series calling for an end to the U’s war on women, which the U has said has “gone too far.”
The UNAIDs resolution was introduced in September, following the resignation of its chief of staff and former deputy secretary general.
and Britain both passed resolutions calling for a stop to the use of military force in the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaida.
In September, the Obama administration and allies called for the U to take steps to stop “abusive practices” against women in the U., but it did not take action.
The Trump administration, which has said it is looking at expanding sexual violence investigations, has also been less forceful.
Its first official action was a June 27 executive order directing federal agencies to establish a Task Force on Ending Sexual Violence.
The White House and other allies have accused Russia of fueling sexual violence allegations in U.T.W. But the Russian government has denied any involvement.