The UN has launched a 24-hour helpline to enable staff to report out sexual harassment cases in the workplace.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his email sent to staff members that the help-line was meant to speak confidentially to trained officials who could provide protection for them.

“The helpline is a 24-hour resource for UN Secretariat personnel to speak confidentially with an impartial and trained individual who can provide information on protection, support and reporting mechanisms,” he said.

The ‘Speak up’ helpline, which goes live on Tuesday, is part of the UN’s five-point plan to address such behaviour within its ranks and would complement existing reporting mechanisms.