New York – On Tuesday 17 April 2018, IOM DG, William Lacy Swing hosted the 11th IASC Senior Focal Points on PSEA Meeting at the IOM Office to the United Nations in New York.
In 2011, as a result of a 2010 Global Review on PSEA, commissioned by the IASC Working Group, Director General Swing was appointed as the IASC Champion on PSEA in order to push for stronger PSEA policies and efforts within, and between, humanitarian response agencies. The IASC Champion convenes bi-annual meetings of PSEA Senior Focal Points and reports to the IASC Principals on institutional achievements and challenges in implementing PSEA commitments. Challenges and issues that arise in these meetings are conveyed to the Principals for action.
“In IOM, we constantly organize face to face PSEA training in IOM field missions to make sure everyone is familiar with the PSEA principles.” said DG Swing reiterating his personal commitment to the issue as well as IOM’s full adherence to the zero-tolerance policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA).
UN Agencies and International NGOs gathered and provided a short progress report specially focusing on notable accomplishments and key challenges regarding their efforts to PSEA. In the meeting, the participants renewed their organizations’ commitment to the issue and highlighted the importance of coordination between agencies is necessary to effectively prevent SEA. They also pointed out the steps that are being taken to ensure international – and the IASC’s collective measures to PSEA are fir for purpose.
Following the formal meeting, IOM NY staff members had a session moderated by IOM’s Alexandra Hileman, IOM Project Support Officer, PSEA/Department of Operation and Emergencies, in which she provided an oversight to staff on IASC, IOM’s policy and measures to protect from SEA, mechanism to report incidents of SEA within IOM and between agencies and answered their questions.