UNITED NATIONS
BOARD OF AUDITORS

Portrait of Mr. Jorge Bermúdez

 

The United Nations Board of Auditors (Board) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946, to provide external audit to the UN and its Funds and Programmes.

Since then, regularly three heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Member States of the UN have been appointed by the General Assembly to conduct independent audits, based exclusively on the audit evidence obtained in accordance with the International Standards.

The Board has an essential duty to contribute to enhance accountability, transparency and governance of the United Nations and its Funds and Programmes.

This mandate is more than ever important, since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development establishes the Goal 16: “Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. One of the targets to achieve is “16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”.

The aforementioned is also valid for the UN and in this regard the Board plays a fundamental role, as auditing is inherent to strong organizations and essential to strengthen the public's trust in institutions.

The three current members of the Board are Mr. Kay Scheller, President of the German Federal Court of Auditors, Mr. Hou Kai, Auditor General of the National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China and me, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile. We work together as a team, committed to discharge the Board’s mandate in the most efficient manner, making full use of the experiences and advantages of our different backgrounds.

We aim to provide high quality independent audit opinions through our audit reports, to make constructive recommendations to our clients, follow up on the status of implementation of the recommendations made in the prior years and respond to the concerns raised by Member States, the General Assembly, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and other stakeholders.

As we all know, the year 2020 presented new challenges to the whole world and also to the Board. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board and its audit teams, the Executive Secretary and the Audit Operations Committee have shown their ability to adapt and to perform their duties almost fully remote, maintaining its high standard independent audit work.

We would like to invite you to learn more about the work of the Board by visiting our website. At the website, you can download our audit reports and learn more about our mandate, current allocation of assignments and other relevant information.

Jorge Bermúdez
Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile
Chairman of the United Nations Board of Auditors

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