24 January 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11387

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

LIST OF SENIOR UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS TO HAVE MADE PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

NOW AVAILABLE ON SECRETARY-GENERAL’S WEBSITE


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


As you will recall, both the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General made public their financial disclosure statements in 2007 following the confidential review of each statement by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


While public disclosure is not a requirement of the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme, the Secretary-General had encouraged his senior officials (at the grade of Under-Secretary-General [USG] and Assistant Secretary-General [ASG]) to follow his lead and make public, on a voluntary basis, their confidential financial disclosure or declaration of interest statement.


Public disclosure is considered by the Secretary-General to be an important voluntary initiative as it demonstrates that UN staff members understand the importance of both the general public and the Member States of the United Nations being assured that, in the discharge of their official duties and responsibilities, UN staff members will not be influenced by any consideration associated with his/her private interests.


The current list of those senior UN officials who have elected to provide a public summary of their disclosure, in accordance with the UN Policy on Voluntary Public Disclosure, is now available on the Secretary-General’s website within the section “Ethical Standards”, along with a link to each individual’s public disclosure statement. †The review of each statement by PwC must take place before a public summary is made available –- the 2007 review cycle by PwC was officially closed on 31 December 2007.


In some cases, the link to the disclosure summary document itself is not yet available -– these remaining disclosure summaries will be posted as they become available.


On the same web page, you will also find more detailed information on the “Policy on Voluntary Public Disclosure by UN staff members” and the principles applied therein.


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