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Sixty-fourth General Assembly
98th Meeting (PM)
General Assembly Fills Vacancies on Joint Inspection Unit,
Elects Judge to In-House Dispute Tribunal
The General Assembly today appointed Gérard Biraud ( France), István Posta ( Hungary), Papa Louis Fall ( Senegal) and Cihan Terzi ( Turkey) as members of the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term of office beginning on 1 January 2011 and expiring on 31 December 2015.
They fill vacancies on the Joint Inspection Unit — the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide — that would arise from the expiration of each of their terms of office on 31 December 2010.
For those appointments, Assembly resolution 59/267 (2004) outlines that candidates have experience in at least one of the following fields: oversight; audit; inspection; investigation; evaluation; finance; project evaluation; programme evaluation; human resources management; management; public administration; and monitoring/programme performance; as well as knowledge of the United Nations and its role in international relations.
Also today, the Assembly elected by secret ballot Marilyn Kaman ( United States) as an ad litem judge to the Dispute Tribunal — a key body created in 2007 to strengthen the United Nations’ system of dealing with internal grievances and disciplinary cases — for one year starting 1 July 2010.
Ms. Kaman joins Jean-François Cousin (France) and Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako ( Nigeria) on the Tribunal, whose terms of office were extended for one year beginning on 1 July 2010 at an earlier meeting. The term of office for Michael Adams ( Australia) was also extended at that meeting; however, he subsequently informed the Assembly President that he would be unable to accept the extension, making today’s election necessary.
For such matters, delegates had before them a report of the Internal Justice Council (document A/64/791), a letter from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the General Assembly (document A/64/793) and a memorandum of the Secretary-General (document A/64/797). The Internal Justice Council presented Ms. Kaman and Virgilijus Valančius ( Lithuania) as the only two candidates from a list previously submitted to the Assembly who were not from countries currently represented on the Tribunal and who were available for appointment from 1 July.
By resolution 63/253 (2008), the Assembly decided to appoint three ad litem judges for a one-year term each to address the problem of the backlog of cases being transferred from the old system to the Dispute Tribunal.
The General Assembly will reconvene at a 10 a.m. Monday, 21 June, to continue and conclude its Special High-Level Meeting on Translational Organized crime.
Results for Vote to Fill Vacancy on Dispute Tribunal
The results of the balloting were as follows:
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Marilyn Kaman ( United States)
Virgilijus Valančius ( Lithuania)
Having obtained the required two-thirds majority, Marilyn Kaman was elected to the Dispute Tribunal for a one-year term, beginning on 1 July 2010.
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