Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

14 May 2021

The PSEA Policy reflects UNESCO's zero tolerance towards SEA and defines the principles and mechanisms by which UNESCO employees will be held accountable to uphold the Organizations commitment to protect and uphold the dignity of vulnerable people.

The policy is fully aligned with the Organizations core values and international commitments to prevent and address instances of sexual exploitation and abuse. It includes standard operating procedures for submission and receipt of complaints, reporting, investigation and victim assistance. While the Ethics Office acts as UNESCO PSEA focal point at HQ, local focal points have been nominated in UNESCO field offices and institutes and have been provided with specific terms of reference.

Victims and other individuals who are aware of an incident of SEA are encouraged to report to the Investigation Office. PSEA focal points in the respective field office or the Ethics Office are also available for further assistance.

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