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Independent system-wide oversight for efficiency, effectiveness and coordination

The Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) is the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide.

Its mandate is to look at cross-cutting issues and to act as an agent for change across the United Nations system. JIU works to secure management and administrative efficiency and to promote greater coordination both between UN agencies and with other internal and external oversight bodies. For the past 50 years, the Unit has been dedicated to assisting the legislative bodies of numerous United Nations organizations in meeting their governance responsibilities. JIU provides support in the context of these agencies' oversight function regarding human, financial and other resources. In its reports and notes, the Unit identifies best practices, proposes benchmarks and facilitates information-sharing throughout the organizations of the UN system that have adopted its Statute.

The Unit operates with respect to the legislative organs and the secretariats of those specialized agencies and other international organizations, within the United Nations system, that have accepted its Statute. These entities are often referred to as the JIU participating organizations. JIU has a total of 28 participating organizations as of 2018 that play a crucial role in how the Unit functions.

Thematic Areas

Over the years, the Unit has made important contributions to several areas of work within the United Nations system with the objective to enhance management and administrative efficiency and to promote greater coordination among the United Nations organizations. This section reflects upon the accomplishments in some of these key areas. Read more>>

 

Latest News

 

Reports and notes of the Unit are published and presented to the heads of organizations and the governing bodies throughout the year, following their completion. This section presents short articles which summarize their main findings and recommendations. You will also access in events organised by the unit. Read more>>

 

2018 Programme of Work

 

The annual programme of work of the Unit is established following a consultative process with its main stakeholders. For the year 2018, it consists of seven system-wide projects and two reviews of management and administration (ICAO and UNAIDS). A review of the UN SWAP has been mandated by the General Assembly. Read more>>

 

JIU Participating Organizations

The Unit operates with respect to the legislative organs and the secretariats of those specialized agencies and other international organizations, within the United Nations system, that have accepted its Statute. These entities are often referred to as the JIU participating organizations (PO). JIU has a total of 28 participating organizations that play a crucial role in how the Unit functions.

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