Allegations of sexual misconduct against personnel serving with the UN dropped in 2017, a UN report says.

According to the UN report on implementing a zero-tolerance policy for this crime, data from 2017 indicates a “downward trend” in the number of allegations reported, down from 165 in 2016 to 138.

Jane Lute, special coordinator on improving UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, outlined some of the report’s main messages during a press conference at UN Headquarters.

However, she said allegations emanating from other UN entities and their implementing partners increased over the same period: from 42 to 75.

At the same time, there was “a sharp decline” in allegations involving non-UN forces, from 18 in 2016 to one in 2017.