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Activities and functions of OIOS

OIOS' activities reflect the various methods used to ensure adequate oversight coverage of the Organization's resources. In fulfilling its internal independent oversight mandate, OIOS undertakes the following activities:

OIOS is divided into three main divisions, each of which carries out different parts of the OIOS mandate:

The findings and recommendations arising from OIOS activities are communicated via reports to the responsible programme managers directly or through the Secretary-General to the General Assembly. OIOS has started classifying certain recommendations as critical to encourage improvements in areas that have far-reaching consequences for the Organization. Internal audit and investigations traditionally issue the highest number of recommendations, while inspection and evaluation recommendations are often a result of broader programme assessments.