Item 8 - General Debate. Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (JST Greece 30.09.2022)

Human Rights Council 51st Session

General Debate under Item 8 on: Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Statement by the Geneva Group of Friends to Eliminate Sexual Harassment


30 September 2022


Thank you Mr. President.

I have the honor to deliver this Statement on behalf of the Geneva Group of Friends to Eliminate Sexual Harassment.

Sexual harassment is a widespread phenomenon, deeply rooted in gender inequality and power imbalances. It can have a negative impact on the  physical, psychological and mental health of victims and survivors, create an unsafe work environment and lead to loss of dignity and self-esteem.

This Group of Friends is a state-led platform designed to spur discussions in different multilateral fora towards the elimination of sexual harassment as well as sexual exploitation and abuse.

Our goal is to support ongoing efforts by international organizations, agencies and programmes in Geneva, exchange good practices and map relevant gaps.. The Group is always open for additional members.

Here at the Human Rights Council, there is the Gender Focal Point, and the Council has a zero tolerance policy for harassment, adhering to the UN Code of Conduct. We celebrate the updates received in this regard, but it is important to recognize that fighting sexual harassment is not a one-person job. We all need to work together for its eradication.

Herewith we urge all UN member states to lead by example  It is important, both in our capital headquarters and within our own Missions here in Geneva, to build inclusive and supportive workplaces where sexual harassment is not tolerated and apply policies both for its prevention and for the adequate protection of its victims and survivors.

Thank you.


  1. Albania
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Brazil
  6. Canada
  7. Colombia
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Ecuador
  12. Estonia
  13. Fiji
  14. France
  15. Gambia
  16. Georgia
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Guatemala
  20. Ireland
  21. Israel
  22. Kenya
  23. Latvia
  24. Liechtenstein
  25. Malta
  26. Mexico
  27. Monaco
  28. Montenegro
  29. Morocco
  30. Netherlands
  31. North Macedonia
  32. Norway
  33. Panama
  34. Republic of Korea
  35. Senegal
  36. Spain
  37. Sweden
  38. Thailand
  39. United Kingdom
  40. United States
  41. European Union