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C ONVERSATIONS ONVERSATIONS WITH WITH RC/HC RC/HC S : B : B EST EST P P RACTICE RACTICE S ERIES ERIES Liberia RC/ HC/ DSRSG Jordan Ryan on Addressing Sexual Exploitation and on Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Staff and Related Personnel Abuse by UN Staff and Related Personnel Jordan Ryan was appointed Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Good Governance for Liberia in January 2006. He is also the UN Resident and H umanitarian Coordinator. Mr. Ryan has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, most recently serving as the Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam. H OW DID HE BEGIN TO ADDRESS SEA? When Jordan Ryan came to Liberia, sexual exploitation and abuse was an issue from his first day on the job. There were cases of SEA, the issue had the attention of the mission and the media, and the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on SEA (ST/SGB/2003/13) was in force. Ryan understood immediately that the issue required his leadership and coordination . Given that SEA can arise in any part of the UN presence in the country, from humanitarian to peacekeeping to development, he thought, his unique position of being able to coordinate all parts of the UN was essential. Not only did the Secretary-General’s message of zero tolerance apply to all, but communities see the UN flag rather than agencies’ flags, thereby requiring that the UN work in a coordinated manner. NGOs should also be included as affected communities do not always know the difference between UN and NGO workers. SEA was especially serious given that “the frontline of humanitarian assistance was still very much out there, and, while the vast majority of UN staff was doing good work, all that could be eclipsed, eroded, erased by one incident of SEA.” So he established a post of Coordination Officer on Protection from SEA (PSEA) for the UN Country Team at an L3 level and created two new bodies: a “Focal Point

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