Military contingents deployed on peacekeeping missions are also provided with pocket cards titled “We Are United Nations Peacekeeping Personnel.” This document recognizes that peacekeepers, representing the United Nations and present in a country to help it recover from the trauma of a conflict, “must consciously be prepared to accept special constraints” in their public and private lives in order to do the work and to pursue the Organization’s ideals. Peacekeeping personnel recognize that “expectations of the world community and the local population will be high” and their actions, behaviour and speech will be closely monitored.
UN peacekeeping personnel commit to behaving in a professional and disciplined manner at all times. They agree to respect local laws, customs and practices, and be aware of and respect culture, religion, traditions and gender issues, treat host country inhabitants with respect, courtesy and consideration and act with impartiality, integrity and tact. They also agree to encourage proper conduct among fellow peacekeeping personnel and to properly account for all money and property assigned to them as members of a mission.
UN peacekeeping personnel pledge that they will never bring discredit upon the United Nations or their country of origin through improper personal conduct, failure to perform duties or abuse of authority. This includes the undertaking that they will never: commit any act that could result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to members of the local population, especially women and children; commit any act involving sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual activity with children under 18, or exchange of money, employment, goods or services for sex; or become involved in sexual liaisons which could affect their impartiality, or the well-being of others.