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Mandate

OIOS was established in 1994, under General Assembly resolution 48/218B of 29 July 1994, to enhance the oversight functions within the United Nations. Member States took this action in response to the increased importance, cost and complexity of the Organization's activities. The Assembly stressed the proactive and advisory role of the new Office, its operational independence and that it should assist and provide methodological support to programme managers in the effective discharge of their responsibilities.

The Fifth Committee regularly reviews the functions and reporting procedures of OIOS, as called for in paragraph 13 of resolution 48/218B. These subsequent reviews have resulted in a number of new provisions on OIOS as contained in General Assembly resolutions 54/244 of 23 December 1999, 59/272 of 23 December 2004 and 64/263 of 29 March 2010.

Other relevant resolutions and administrative issuances on OIOS:

        A/RES/61/275 of 31 August 2007

        A/RES/61/245 of 7 March 2007

        A/RES/60/259 of 15 June 2006

        A/RES/60/257 of 15 June 2006

        A/RES/60/254 of 8 June 2006

        A/RES/60/1 of 24 October 2005

        A/RES/59/287 of 13 April 2005

        A/RES/59/271 of 7 February 2005

        A/RES/59/270 of 7 February 2005

        A/RES/57/292 of 13 February 2003

        A/RES/53/207 of  2 February 1999

        ST/SGB/2002/7 of 16 May 2002

        ST/SGB/1998/2 of 12 February 1998

        ST/IC/1996/29 of 25 April 1996

        ST/AI/401 of 18 January 1995

        ST/SGB/273 of 7 September 1994

        ST/AI/397 of 7 September 1994