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A/RES/50/233


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

31 July 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 118


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/971)]


                        50/233.  Joint Inspection Unit


      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its previous relevant resolutions on the Joint
Inspection Unit, in particular resolution 48/221 of 23 December 1993,
and on the review of the efficiency of the administrative and
financial functioning of the United Nations,

      Reaffirming also paragraph 6 of section II of its resolution
48/218 A of 23 December 1993,

      Having considered the annual reports of the Unit for the periods
from 1 July 1993 to 30 June 1994  1/ and 1 July 1994 to 30 June
1995,  2/ and its related work programmes,  3/ as well as the
reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the
recommendations of the Unit,  4/

      Reaffirming the statute of the Unit, the only independent system-
wide inspection, evaluation and investigation body,

      Stressing that the impact of the Unit on the cost-effectiveness
of activities within the United Nations system is a shared
responsibility of the Member States, the Unit and the secretariats of
the participating organizations,

      Noting with concern that some reports of the Unit have dealt with
political matters,

      1.    Takes note with appreciation of the annual reports of the
Joint Inspection Unit on its activities during the periods from 1 July
1993 to 30 June 1994 1/ and 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1995, 2/ of its
work programmes for 1994, 1995 and 1995-1996  5/ and of the
reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the
recommendations of the Unit; 4/

      2.    Endorses the observations and recommendations on the
operation of the Unit contained in the annual report of the Unit for
the period from 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1995, subject to the provisions
of the present resolution, without prejudice to its consideration of
the thematic reports of the Unit;

      3.    Decides to consider the appropriate periodicity of the Unit
agenda item in the context of the review called for in its decision
47/454 of 23 December 1992;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General, and invites the executive
heads of organizations participating in the Unit, to take the
necessary measures to ensure that the thematic reports of the Unit are
listed under the appropriate substantive agenda items of the work
programmes of the General Assembly, other pertinent organs and bodies
of the United Nations and the appropriate legislative organs of the
other participating organizations;

      5.    Takes note of the thematic reports of the Unit submitted to
it for action, and decides to continue their consideration, where
appropriate, under the relevant agenda items;

      6.    Requests the Unit to seek a more reader-friendly and uniform
format of reports, taking into account new publishing technologies,
which would include sections containing the objectives of the report,
an executive summary, the conclusions drawn and, as appropriate, the
action required to be taken by the organizations, in order to make
reports as concise as possible and to comply with the existing page
limit of thirty-two pages;

      7.    Also requests the Unit to report to it at its fifty-first
session on measures taken to develop a set of internal standards and
guidelines for inspection, evaluation and investigation;

      8.    Invites the legislative organs of other participating
organizations to take concrete action on the recommendations of the
Unit;

      9.    Reminds the Unit of its functions and powers as set out in
chapter III of its statute, in particular article 5, paragraphs 1 to 3
and 5, and article 7, and requests the Unit to prepare its programme
of work accordingly, bearing in mind the interests of participating
organizations and the paramount need to ensure efficiency of services
and proper use of funds;

      10.   Invites the Unit to continue to take full advantage of its
system-wide competence in undertaking comparative analysis of trends
and problems faced by various organizations and to propose harmonized,
practical and concrete solutions;

      11.   Requests the executive heads of participating organizations
to comply fully with the statutory reporting procedures for the
consideration of the reports of the Unit, and requests the Unit to
report to the competent legislative organs on compliance by the
secretariats concerned;

      12.   Requests the Unit to continue to focus its reports on
important priority items, identifying concrete managerial,
administrative and programming questions aimed at providing the
General Assembly and other legislative organs of participating
organizations with practical and action-oriented recommendations on
precisely defined issues;

      13.   Also requests the Unit to issue its reports well in advance
of meetings of the legislative organs of participating organizations
so that the reports can be thoroughly and effectively utilized by
these organs;

      14.   Requests the Secretary-General and the other executive heads
of participating organizations to assist the Unit fully, with timely
provision of all information requested by it;

      15.   Decides to consider the issue of the mobility of the staff
of the Unit in the context of the review called for in its
decision 47/454;

      16.   Encourages the Unit to continue to take the necessary steps
to achieve a punctual and systematic follow-up of its recommendations
as approved by the legislative organs of participating organizations;

      17.   Urges Member States to pay special attention to the
importance of the selection of qualified inspectors.

                                                         120th plenary meeting
                                                                   7 June 1996


                                     Notes

1/   Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-ninth
Session, Supplement No. 34 (A/49/34).

2/   Ibid., Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 34 (A/50/34).

3/   See A/49/111 and A/50/140.

4/   A/49/632 and A/50/784.

5/   See A/49/111 and A/50/140 and Add.1.

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