(PassBlue) – Haunted by accumulating reports of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls by United Nations peacekeepers and others attached to UN missions around the world, Secretary-General António Guterres is taking the bold, unprecedented step of asking all governments to sign a compact pledging to prevent and stop these violations. The compact is voluntary and bears no power of enforcement, leaving it open to criticism. Nevertheless, it goes well beyond current guidelines applying to uniformed UN personnel to cover anyone connected with a mission, all of whom could be held accountable for infractions.