The Mandate of the Conduct and Discipline Team is derived from the recommendations of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the C - 34 -A/59/19 Rev. 10, which were endorsed by General Assembly Resolution (59/300 of 22 June 2005).
The primary role of the CDT is to help ensure the prevention and identification of misconduct as well as to monitor compliance with and enforcement of the UN standards of conduct, using the three-pronged strategy of prevention, enforcement and remedial action.
All United Nations personnel, including consultants and contractual workers are expected to uphold the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. They must respect their obligations as set out under the Staff Rules and Regulations, comply with local laws and treat the local population with respect and dignity at all times.
All UN personnel must observe the following core values:
- Respect for diversity.
All UN personnel must also comply with the following responsibilities:
- Adherence to highest standards of conduct;
- Respect for fundamental rights
How to report acts of misconduct?
Staff Rule 1.2 (c) provides inter alia that “Staff members have the duty to report any breach of the Organization’s regulations and rules to the officials whose responsibility it is to take appropriate action and to cooperate with duly authorized audits and investigations.” In addition, UNMIL Code of Conduct reminds all UN personnel of their duty to report any allegations of misconduct that they either suspect or become aware of complaints may be made to the Conduct and Discipline Team by:
Phone: +231 (0) 770319891(24 hours a day) Ext: 6262 or (+231(0) 77031 6262)
In person or by post: Conduct and Discipline Team, Pan African Plaza, Monrovia - Liberia
Allegations of misconduct may also be reported directly to the Investigation Division of the Office for Internal Oversight Services (ID/OIOS).
All allegations of serious misconduct should be reported within 24 hours of the occurrence of the incident or within 24 hours of any UN personnel member becoming aware of an incident; all other misconduct should be reported within 5 days of its occurrence or within 5 days of any UN personnel becoming aware of an incident.
Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse may also be reported to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Focal Points in the sectors.
All allegations should be reported in good faith. Deliberately making false allegations or reporting allegations with malicious intent, if substantiated, constitute misconduct and are subject to disciplinary or other appropriate action.
All information is treated confidentially while according due process to all parties and taking into consideration, the safety, security and well-being of the parties involved.
What is Considered ‘Misconduct’?
Violations of Higher Risk to the Organization are classified as Category 1 misconduct and include: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), Serious and Complex Fraud, Abuse of Authority and staff, Conflict of Interest, all cases involving risk or loss of life or to others, including witnesses, Substantial violation of UN regulations, rules or Administrative issuances.
Violations of Lower Risk to the organization are classified as Category 2 misconduct and include among others; Personnel Matters (including harassment), Traffic Related offences (e.g. unauthorized passengers), Basic misuse of equipment by staff, Infraction of regulations, rules or administrative issuances, Simple entitlement fraud and others.
Mandatory Conduct and Discipline On-line training:
- Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel
- Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel: Managers and Commanders
- Standards of Conduct
- Integrity Awareness
- Prevention of workplace harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority
The UNMIL Conduct and Discipline Team is composed of:
- Federico Silva Ledesma, Chief Conduct and Discipline Team | +231(0)770 31(Ext) 6715
- Joyce Ngowi , Administrative Assistant | +231(0)770 31(Ext)6259
- Celia Turkett, National Professional Officer | +231(0)770 31(Ext)6262