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CONVERSATIONSONVERSATIONSWITHWITHRC/HCRC/HCS: B: BESTESTPPRACTICERACTICESERIESERIESLiberia RC/ HC/ DSRSG Jordan Ryanon Addressing Sexual Exploitation and on Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Staff and Related PersonnelAbuse by UN Staff and Related PersonnelJordan Ryan was appointed Deputy Special Representative for Recovery andGoodGovernance for Liberia in January 2006. He is also the UN Resident andHumanitarian Coordinator. Mr. Ryan has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, most recently serving as the Resident Coordinator andthe UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam.HOWDIDHEBEGINTOADDRESSSEA?When Jordan Ryan came to Liberia, sexualexploitation and abuse was an issue from hisfirst day on the job. There were cases of SEA,the issue had the attention of the mission andthe media, and the Secretary-General’sBulletin on SEA (ST/SGB/2003/13) was inforce. Ryan understood immediately that the issuerequired his leadership and coordination.Given that SEA can arise in any part of the UNpresence in the country, from humanitarian topeacekeeping to development, he thought, hisunique position of being able to coordinateall parts of the UN was essential. Not onlydid the Secretary-General’s message of zerotolerance apply to all, but communities seethe UN flag rather than agencies’ flags,thereby requiring that the UN work in acoordinated manner. NGOs should also beincluded as affected communities do notalways know the difference between UN andNGO workers.SEA was especially serious given that “thefrontline of humanitarian assistance was stillvery much out there, and, while the vastmajority of UN staff was doing good work, allthat could be eclipsed, eroded, erased by oneincident of SEA.” So he established a post of CoordinationOfficer on Protection from SEA (PSEA) forthe UN Country Teamat an L3 level andcreated two new bodies: a “Focal Point