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Mandate, Appointments and Tenure

Mandate

By Resolution 74 (I) of 7 December 1946, the General Assembly established the United Nations Board of Auditors to audit of the accounts of the United Nations organization and its funds and programmes and to report its findings and recommendations to the Assembly through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. For this, the General Assembly appoints three members, each of whom must be the Auditor-General (or officer holding the equivalent title) of a Member State. The members of the Board have joint responsibility for the audits.

Tenure of Office

By Resolution 55/248 of 12 April 2001, the General Assembly approved a change in the term of office of members of the Board to a non-consecutive term of six years' duration commencing 1 July 2002. Previously, members were appointed for a three year term which was renewable. Appointments are staggered in such a way that the term of office of one of the members expires every two years. The General­ Assembly therefore appoints a new Board member every two years.

If a member of the Board ceases to hold office as Auditor-General (or equivalent title) in her/his country, the tenure of office is terminated and the person who succeeds her/him as Auditor-General becomes the new Board member. A Board member may not otherwise be removed during her/his tenure except by the General Assembly.

The members of the Board are expected to be available for approximately two weeks each year for meetings of the Board and Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations, the Specialized Agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In addition, each member has to be available for whatever consultations are necessary throughout the year with the United Nations Administration, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and other governing bodies.

In addition to a full-time Director stationed in New York, each member provides audit staff from his/her national audit office to conduct audits at various United Nations locations. For the purpose of making a local or special examination or of effecting economies in the audit cost, the Board may engage the services of any national Auditor-General (or officer holding the equivalent title) or commercial public auditors of known repute or any other person or firm which, in the opinion of the Board, is technically qualified.

TopCurrent Membership

The present members of the Board of Auditors are as follows:

Amyas Morse
Mr. Amyas Morse , Comptroller and Auditor General, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Term expires 30 June 2016

Ludovick Utouh
Mr. Ludovick Utouh,
Controller and Auditor-General of United Republic of Tanzania

Term expires 30 June 2018

Mr. Liu Jiayi, Auditor-General of the National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China
Mr. Liu Jiayi, Auditor-General of the National Audit Office of
the People’s Republic of China.
Term expires 30 June 2014

The chairmanship of the Board is rotated every two years, and is currently held by Mr. Amyas Morse for the period 2013-2014.

Procedures for Appointment

The General Assembly appoints a new Board member every two years at its regular session. At least six months before this regular session, the General Assembly issues an announcement of the impending vacancy of a Board member effective 1 July of the following year.

Member States wishing to put forth the candidacy of their Auditors-General (or officers holding the equivalent title) would do so to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly. The Fifth Committee in turn will submit to the General Assembly a draft decision containing the name of the Member State whose Auditor-General (or officer holding equivalent title) has been recommended for appointment.

TopIndependence

The Board of Auditors is completely independent and is solely responsible for the conduct of the audit. The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions may, however, request the Board to perform certain specific examinations and issue separate reports on the results.

The Board is the sole judge as to the acceptance in whole or in part of certifications and representations by the Secretary-General and may proceed to such detailed examination and verification as it chooses of all financial records, including those relating to supplies and equipment. The Board and its staff also have free access at all convenient times to all books, records, and other documentation which are, in the opinion of the Board, necessary for the performance of the audit.

Information, which is classified as privileged and which the Secretary-General (or his designated senior official) agrees is required by the Board for the purposes of the audit, and information classified as confidential, is made available on application.

TopUnited Nations Organizations Audited


The Board of Auditors is responsible for the audit of 24 United Nations organisations. With the concurrence of the Advisory Committee for Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), the Board allocates and rotates assignments among individual members. However, responsibility for the Board's reports is collegial. The following is the distribution of the board's assignments as of 1 July 2012.


 Organization

 

1.  United Nations Headquarters

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2.  United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO)

China

3.  International Trade Centre (ITC)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

4.  United Nations University (UNU)

China

5.  Capital Master Plan (CMP)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

6.  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Republic of Tanzania

7.  United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

China

8.  United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

United Republic of Tanzania

9.  United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

China

10.  Voluntary Funds administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

11.  Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including Global Environmental Facility (UNEP-GEF)

United Republic of Tanzania

12.  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Republic of Tanzania

13.  United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

United Republic of Tanzania

14.  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

15.  United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

16.  International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

United Republic of Tanzania

17.  International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

United Republic of Tanzania

18.  United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF)

China

19.  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

China

20.  United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

21.  United Nations Escrow (Iraq) Account

China

22.  United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

China

23.  United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

24.  UN Women

United Republic of Tanzania

TopAllocation of Assignments

The Board allocates and rotates the audit work among its members, subject to the concurrence of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ). Audit assignments are shared among members of the Board on an equitable basis. In the allocation of assignments, the following factors are taken into account: