Kay Scheller

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in 1945. In its first chapter, it defines the purpose of the United Nations. Today, this purpose remains relevant and important: (1) To maintain international peace and security, (2) to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, (3) to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems and (4) to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

Translating these words into practice, the United Nations address the global challenges for a better future with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the Agenda, the United Nations laid down 17 goals to strive for. Having these goals in mind, the United Nations act on all issues to build a better future and support member states in doing so themselves.

Building and strengthening the capacity needed for this purpose requires full accountability and transparency. Since 1946, the United Nations Board of Auditors (Board) has strengthened this accountability and transparency by performing the external audit of the United Nations organization and its funds and programmes. Currently, the heads of the SAIs of China, Chile and Germany are the members of the Board. Our independent role enables us to assist the United Nations in enhancing the diverse operations. We report on financial, compliance and performance issues. Our findings and recommendations have helped to bring out sizeable and structured improvements in the functioning of the United Nations.

Currently, the United Nations take a reform path that has been initiated by António Guterres, the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General stated that the administration structures needed to be improved and confidence between member states and the UN secretariat to be restored.

I have taken the chair of the Board with a high commitment to supporting these objectives set by the Secretary-General. I will build on the excellent work performed by my predecessors. My Board colleagues, Mr. Hou Kai, Auditor General of the National Audit Office of the People's Republic of China, and Jorge Bermúdez Soto, Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile, and I are honoured to serve the United Nations and will perform our mandate in a way ensuring that the Board provides timely assurance to the member states about the state of affairs of the United Nations and its funds and programmes.

Kay Scheller
President of the Federal Court of Audit, Germany
Chairman of the United Nations Board of Auditors

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