Code of Conduct


The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment.

UN system events are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and all participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all participants attending or involved with any UN system event.

Prohibited conduct

Harassment in any improper or unwelcome conduct that might reasonable be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another person. Harassment in any form because of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, national origin, political affiliation, age, religion or any other reason is prohibited at UN system events.

Sexual harassment is a specific type of prohibited conduct. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation. Sexual harassment may involve any conduct of a verbal, nonverbal or physical nature, including written and electronic communications, and may occur between persons of the same or different genders.

  • Making derogatory or demeaning comments about someone's sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Name-calling or using slurs with a gender/sexual connotation
  • Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing or body parts
  • Rating a person's sexuality
  • Repeatedly asking a person for dates or asking for sex
  • Staring in a sexually suggestive manner
  • Unwelcome touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing or purposefully brushing up against a person
  • Making inappropriate sexual gestures, such as pelvic thrusts
  • Sharing sexual or lewd anecdotes or jokes
  • Sending sexually suggestive communication in any format
  • Sharing or displaying sexually inappropriate images or videos in any format
  • Attempted or actual sexual assault, including rape

Prohibition of retaliation

Threats, intimidation or any other form of retaliation against a participant who has made a complaint or provided information in support of a complaint are prohibited. The UN system or other entity responsible for a UN system event will take any reasonable appropriate action needed to prevent and respond to retaliation, in accordance with its applicable policy, regulations and rules.


The Code of Conduct applies to any UN system event, which shall include meetings, conferences and symposia, assemblies, receptions, scientific and technical events, expert meetings, workshops, exhibits, side events and any other forum organized, hosted or sponsored in whole or part by a UN system entity wherever it takes place. and any event or gathering that takes place on UN system premises whether or not a UN system entity is organizing, hosting or sponsoring.

The Code of Conduct applies to all participants at a UN system event, including all persons attending or involved in any capacity in a UN system event.

The UN system or other entity responsible for a UN system event commits to implementing the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is not a legal or prescriptive in nature. It supplements, and does not affect, the application of other relevant policies, regulations, rules and laws, including laws regulating the premises in which the UN system event takes place and any applicable host country agreements.

Complaint process

A participant who feels that they have been harassed at a UN system event may report the matter to the organizer of the UN system event or relevant security authority and a participant who witnessed such harassment should make such a report. Such reporting shall have no effect on any applicable rules and procedures that may apply in the UN system or to other personnel. The organizer of the UN system event will be expected to take appropriate action in accordance with its applicable policies, regulations and rules.

  • undertaking a fact-finding exercise
  • requesting the perpetrator to immediately stop the offending behavior
  • suspending or terminating the perpetrator's access to the UN system event or refusing registration at future UN system events, or both
  • conveying the complaint to any investigative or disciplinary authority with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment
  • conveying a report to the employer or entity with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment for appropriate follow-up action

The victim of alleged harassment may also seek help from other relevant authorities, such as the police, bearing in mind the applicable legal framework.

A participant should never make a false or misleading claim about prohibited conduct.

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