4 February 2005

Joint Inspection Unit Elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman

(Reissued as received.)

GENEVA, 2 February (UN Information Service) -- The Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the only system-wide, external oversight body of the United Nations system, held its winter session from 24 to 29 2005.  During that session, a series of important topics were discussed, among which were the content of the programme of work for the year 2005 and a review of the main events that took place during 2004, including the measures that needed to be taken to implement fully the provisions of General Assembly resolution A/59/267 of 23 December 2004.

At its first meeting, the Unit re-elected Inspector Ion Gorita (Romania) as its Chairman and Inspector M. Deborah Wynes (United States) as its Vice-Chairman for the current calendar year.  Their corresponding curriculum vitae are available in the JIU Web site: This site also contains information on the statute of the Unit, its purpose, reports issued by the Unit in the past and other material of interest.

In addition to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the current composition of the Unit is as follows:

                  Mrs. Doris BERTRAND (Austria)
                  Mr. Even FONTAINE-ORTIZ (Cuba)
                  Mr. Tadanori INOMATA (Japan)
                  Mr. Wolfgang MÜNCH (Germany)
                  Mr. Louis-Dominique OUEDRAOGO (Burkina Faso)
                  Mr. Guangting TANG (China)
                  Mr. Victor VISLYKH (Russian Federation)
                  Mr. Muhammad YUSSUF (United Republic of Tanzania)

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