OVERSIGHT REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AREAS OF CRITICAL CONCERN
Introduces New Initiatives to Heighten Quality of Oversight Services
NEW YORK, 4 November (OIOS) -- The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has released its eighth Annual Report (document A/57/451), highlighting areas of critical concern identified during the 12-month period ending 30 June 2002. The OIOS’ achievements include recommending actions which, if implemented will result in savings of $56 million; assessment of the viability of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW); a further step towards results-oriented performance reporting; investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation in United Nations peacekeeping operations and refugee operations; and on-site audit coverage of the Repatriation and Reintegration Programme of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.
During the reporting period, the OIOS issued 2,357 recommendations to improve internal controls and overcome obstacles to organizational efficiency and effectiveness. More than 50 per cent of those recommendations, which resulted from OIOS internal audits, inspections, evaluations and investigations, have already been implemented by management.
Highlights of Oversight Achievements
During the reporting period, the OIOS focused on the following oversight priorities: peacekeeping, humanitarian and related activities, human resources management, procurement and problems associated with establishing new bodies. Key oversight achievements are discussed below.
This year’s Annual Report also presents a forward–look at new OIOS initiatives aimed at heightening the quality of internal oversight services to further enhance accountability in the Organization. Among these initiatives, the OIOS will apply a risk assessment methodology for its 2003 work programme and develop an organizational integrity strategy aimed at strengthening the prevention of fraud and other malfeasance in the Organization. This will help the OIOS to plan and carry out oversight assignments more effectively in the face of its growing oversight responsibilities. The OIOS is also applying its internal management consulting resources to meet new demands for services and strengthening its support for self-evaluation activities carried out by programme managers.
As requested by the General Assembly, the Annual Report provides analytical information on internal oversight activities to improve United Nations operations and programmes. The OIOS audits, inspections and investigations addressed such areas as management inefficiency, administrative bottlenecks, poor deployment of staff and the improper use of resources. Evaluations undertook broader assessments of General Assembly and Economic and Social Council affairs and ECOSOC Support and Coordination subprogrammes; and the Legal Affairs subprogramme.
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