Seasoned official appointed to coordinate UN efforts to curb sexual abuse by

The appointment is part of a series on measures being taken following reports of abuse by international peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), the latest of which surfaced last week with the UN Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) identifying seven new possible victims. The High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic submitted its report on 17 December 2015. The Secretary-General is committed to ensuring that the systemic issues, fragmentation and other weaknesses identified are fully addressed in a timely manner and, in so doing, to uphold the trust that must underpin all international engagements,” said a note issued on Ms. Lute’s appointment as Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse. “During 2016, Ms. Lute will support the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and the leadership of UN Offices, Departments, Funds and Programmes to better align our peacekeeping and human rights systems and to strengthen United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse,” said the note. Ms. Lute, currently Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a globally recognized independent, not-for-profit organization on best-practices in cybersecurity, as well as Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq, served from 2003 to 2007 as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to all UN peace operations worldwide. From 2007 to 2008 she supported the Secretary-General’s establishment of the Department of Field Support serving as acting UN Under-Secretary-General. From 2008 to 2009, she served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, responsible for coordinating efforts to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict. Before joining the UN, Ms. Holl Lute was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation and the Better World Fund. read more

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LETTER President Granger must share responsibility if there is a constitutional

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: President Granger should allow good sense to prevail and call date for electionsMarch 5, 2019In “latest news”Granger sends threatening letter to President Ramotar  September 9, 2014In “Politics”President Ramotar is presiding over an arrogant administration – GrangerSeptember 18, 2014In “Politics” Dear Editor,Guyana is quickly approaching constitutional crises because of the refusal of the APNU/AFC coalition Government to accept the passage of the no-confidence motion and respect the Constitution of Guyana.President David Granger as Opposition Leader protested the then PPP/C Government to respect the Constitution on numerous occasions, but unfortunately, despite the Chief Justice ruling on the NCM and the interpretation of the Constitution, David Granger refused to dissolve Parliament and announce the date for the Regional and General Elections.While some may suggest that Granger is a man of honesty, integrity, respect etc, the refusal to resign is definitive evidence to suggest that Granger and his Government are intoxicated with the perks, corruption, good life, etc and would do anything to ensure they remain in Government legally or illegally.GECOM as an autonomous institution and a creature of the Constitution must be prepared at all time for an election since the Constitution outlined the basis and eventuality for elections. GECOM at no time can refuse to respect the Constitution of Guyana, so the main culprit behind the deliberate delay of elections is solely David Granger.David Granger, while addressing the staff at the Office of the Presidency, publicly stated that whatever the outcome of the courts is he would respect the decisions. Unfortunately, we can only have General Elections if there is a dissolution of Parliament by the President, in accordance with the Constitution. Besides that, we are quickly approaching a ‘constitutional crisis’.Regards,Zamal Hussain read more

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