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30 September 2016, New York – Statement on behalf of the Member States of the European Union by Ms. Simona Pilleri, Counsellor, European Union Delegation to the United Nations, 71th Session of the General Assembly Fifth Committee on Item 144: Report on the activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services

As Delivered

Madam Chairperson,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Member States of the European Union.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[*], Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this statement.

At the outset, we would like to thank the Under Secretary General for Internal Oversight Services Ms. Heidi Mendoza for her presentation of the report on the activities of the Office of Internal Oversight Services for the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Let me also thank the Chair of the Independent Audit Advisory Committee, Mr. Joseph Cristopher Mihm, for presenting the report on the activities of the Committee for the period from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.

Madam Chairperson,

We would like to thank the OIOS for its work and to emphasize once again the strong and longstanding support of the Member States of the European Union for the efforts carried out by the Office. We firmly believe that the work of the OIOS makes the United Nations a stronger, more efficient and more effective organization. We welcome the clear and detailed reporting of the OIOS on its annual activities and appreciate its continuous efforts to look for ways of improving the quality of its own performance.

In this regard, we also commend the efforts that already have been made in order to strengthen cooperation and coordination with other UN oversight entities, and encourage the Office to further expand and intensify these activities in order to share experiences, information and practices, as well as to avoid potential duplication and overlap in their work. Moreover, we welcome the continued efforts made by the OIOS to establish systematic risk management in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency of its operations.

The Member States of the European Union would like to stress the importance of the full implementation of the critical recommendations made by the OIOS and to reiterate the need for more efficient monitoring processes of the implementation, and in this context call on programme managers to set and adhere to realistic target dates for the implementation of recommendations.

Madam Chairperson,

We would also like to thank the Independent Audit Advisory Committee for their report. We appreciate the efforts made by the Committee and its members, and recognize the importance of their work.

The Member States of the European Union strongly welcome the recommendations and conclusions of the Independent Audit Advisory Committee.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.


* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

  • Ref: EUUN16-115EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Fifth Committee - Administrative and Budgetary Committee
  • Date: 30/09/2016

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