Yesterday the new United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, met with the representatives of UN Funds and Programmes. Up for discussion was an extensive review of operations.
Proposed is an overall risk assessment and audit of operations of the UN and its Funds and Programmes in countries that share some specific operating characteristics, such as the use of hard currency transactions. If this work goes ahead, guess who will be among those leading the three-month exercise?
Okay, never mind guessing. It’s the UN’s External Board of Auditors. The lead auditor is South Africa at this time (an honour that rotates among countries over time.) Sharpen those pencils!