Co-ordinated by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and AIDS-Free World, thirty-seven civil society organizations have signed a letter calling on the candidates for the next UN Secretary-General to take an Accountability Pledge that signals their commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations.
The pledge asks the Secretary-General candidates to make the following commitments:
- I pledge to make improved UN accountability, transparency and ethical integrity a key personal priority.
- I pledge to work with Member States to ensure that what Secretary-General Ban described as a “culture of impunity” around sexual exploitation and abuse is replaced by an impartial, accessible and effective accountability mechanism.
- I pledge to ensure that principles of immunity are not misused to shield UN peacekeeping personnel from accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse.
- I pledge to ensure that victims of cholera in Haiti have access to fair remedies.
- I pledge to work with Member States to secure immediate support for the control and elimination of cholera in Haiti.
Updates and responses to the request can be found on the website of AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue Campaign, as well as on Twitter under the hashtag #TakeThePledge