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Project ID:00080902Description:UNA023 UNSCR 1888 DPKO-OHCHR-U
UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 5 Jan 2012
UN Action Team of Experts
End Date*: 31 Dec 2015
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

On 30 September 2009, in response to the lack of progress on the issue of sexual violence in situations of conflict, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1888, which builds upon the principles and obligations of previous Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008) on women, peace, and security.  Operative paragraph 8 of the resolution calls upon the Secretary-General of the United Nations to take measures to identify and deploy rapidly a Team of Experts (TOE) “to situations of particular concern with respect to sexual violence in armed conflict . . . to assist national authorities . . . to strengthen the rule of law.

In line with this mandate, the Steering Committee of the UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict requested the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the United Nations Development Programme to serve as co-lead entities responsible for the development and establishment of the TOE.  The TOE receives strategic and programmatic advice from an Advisory Group composed of senior representatives from each of the co-lead entities.

The work of the TOE seeks to support and complement the work of the UN in its mission to provide security, foster development, protect human rights and support peacebuilding initiatives.  The Team’s interventions seek to identify gaps and challenges faced by national authorities and institutions in responding to conflict related sexual violence and its recurrence by providing expert strategic, technical and programmatic guidance and action plans to address them.  The Team focuses on strengthening national capacity and ensuring that its interventions build on and complement existing partners’ and governments’ initiatives on the ground.

Fundamental to the Team’s support is the issue of sustainability and national ownership.  During assessment or deployment, the TOE focuses on ensuring that key drivers for prevention and response are grounded on national efforts to ensure identified areas of support are agreed by the concerned government.  In addition, the TOE explores existing mechanisms established by the UN presence on the ground, civil society organisations and other national and international stakeholders to ensure coordination, build complementarity, ensure duplication is avoided, and ensure agreed interventions or assistance bring added value.  The TOE also grounds its approach on responsiveness to victims and survivors and recognises the importance of national leadership in efforts to combat impunity for sexual violence.

The TOE aligns its geographic priorities with those of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence and Conflict and UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict.  In this regard, in 2011, the TOE identified the following eight priority countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan (Darfur), and South Sudan.  However, the selection of these eight countries does not prevent the TOE from engaging in other conflict and post-conflict countries identified as “situations of particular concern”. 


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