New York, 9th February, 2016 (WAM) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jane Holl Lute as a Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.

Commenting on the appointment, a UN note said, “The appointment is part of a series of 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.

“During 2016, 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.”

Lute, currently Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Internet Security (CIS), as well as 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.

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