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UN appoints legal luminary, Prof Joy Ezeilo, member, Civil Society Advisory Board

United Nations has appointed Prof Joy Ezeilo as a member of seven distinguished experts to serve on the newly established Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Ezeilo confirmed the appointment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday.

Ezeilo, who is the Dean, Faculty of Law of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres made the announcement in New York on Tuesday.

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She listed other members of the committee to include Ms Rosa Freeman from the United Kingdom, Mr Pablo de Grieff from Colombia and Ms Adrijana Hanusic Becirovic from Bosnia Herzegovina.

Other members are Dr Najat Maalla M’jid from Morocco, Mr Vitit Muntarbhorn from Thailand and Mr Muna Ndulo from Zambia.

NAN reports that the functions of the board include advising the Secretary-General on ways to strengthen preventive measures and accountability mechanisms to address sexual exploitation and abuse.

The advisory board will also foster closer interaction with civil society and external experts and organisations as part of UN efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.

Members of the board will serve in their personal capacity and will not receive any compensation or remuneration.

NAN reports that Prof Ezeilo is also the National Chairperson, Sexual Assault Referral Network Nigeria and was a member Board of Trustees  for the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking from 2013 to 2016. (NAN)