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Joint Inspection Unit hosts roundtable on e-learning platforms

On 2 December 2019, the Joint Inspection Unit, in partnership with the Geneva Learning Network, initiated and hosted a roundtable on current practices and trends in the use of e-learning platforms. The event was organized as part of the preparation of the ongoing review on “Policies, programmes and platforms in support of learning; towards more coherence, coordination and convergence” coordinated by Inspector Petru Dumitriu.

Where do UN internships stand today: inputs from the JIU Review of internship programmes in the United Nations system

On 18 November 2019, Inspector Jean Wesley Cazeau of the Joint Inspection Unit was invited to be the keynote speaker at “Measuring Fairness: From Living in a Tent to Affording the Rent,” an event held by the Fair Internship Initiative (FII) to mark the release of their first quality score index for UN internships.

JIU/REP/2019/7 Review of the management and administration of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

The present report contains the first review by JIU of the management and administration of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). UNAIDS, established by the Economic and Social Council in 1994 as a joint and co-sponsored programme, serves as the primary entity responsible for stimulating and coordinating global efforts to end AIDS. UNAIDS is governed by the Programme Coordinating Board. The secretariat of UNAIDS is responsible for facilitation and coordination of the HIV/AIDS response and is led by the Executive Director.

The JIU report “Strengthening of policy research uptake” presented at the Conference “Multilateralism at Risk”

On 26 October 2019, at the invitation of the University of Bern and the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)Inspector Petru Dumitriu made a presentation on “How can we improve the influence of academic research in policy making and make research more palatable in international organisations?” in a session entitled “Research collaboration and communication beyond the ivory tower”.

JIU/REP/2019/6 Review of audit and oversight committees in the United Nations system

The present report reviews audit and oversight committees, which are functions at the center of the governance mechanisms of United Nations system organizations with the potential to enhance transparency and accountability, and efficient and effective use of member States’ resources.

Audit and oversight committees have a critical role to play as independent expert advisory bodies that provide objective advice and recommendations on various aspects of an organization’s governance, risk management, and internal control processes.

JIU/REP/2019/4 Review of change management in United Nations system organizations

The present review is about change management in organizational reforms across the United Nations system. Close to 20 per cent of United Nations system organizational reforms over the past decade focused on what needed to change in terms of structures, systems, and processes, but did not address how it should change, and the management of that change, including: preparing, equipping and supporting individuals to successfully adopt that change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes. This focus on people in the change process is the essence of change management.

JIU opened a high-level Conference on blockchain

On 26 September 2019, Inspector Petru Dumitriu of the Joint Inspection Unit opened a Conference on the impact of blockchain on sustainable development co-organized with Macro Geneva Labs (https://gemlabs.webnode.com/), at the Palais des Nations. The opening session enjoyed the participation of Mr. Pierre Maudet, State Councillor of the Canton and City of Geneva, in charge of economy. The Conference was organized in a multistakeholder format and a partnership mode.

Joint Inspection Unit presents preliminary conclusions on learning in the United Nations system in a meeting on diplomatic training

On 20 September 2019, Inspector Petru Dumitriu was invited as a panellist in the 46th Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations. The meeting was organized by the Graduate Institute of International Studies, DiploFoundation, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and UNITAR, under the auspices of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training.

JIU/REP/2019/3 Review of the integration of disaster risk reduction in the work of the United Nations system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The present report contains a review of the work of the United Nations system entities, focusing on inter-agency coordination and systemic coherence for a more effective and efficient implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, which was endorsed by the General Assembly in its resolution 69/283 in 2015.

Joint Inspection Unit received the WASD Sustainable Development Award

Following a decision of its International Advisory Board of the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system was conferred the Sustainable Development Award 2018. The Award ceremony took place on 17 June 2019, in London, on the occasion of the 17th International Conference of WASD.

The Joint Inspection Unit pilots a research partnership with young researchers from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies

In its report on “Strengthening policy research uptake in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the Joint Inspection Unit encouraged United Nations organizations to establish research partnerships with academia. The JIU is delighted to have the opportunity itself to engage master students from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in a research programme. This is a first for the JIU.

JIU review of UN-SWAP first phase of implementation (2012-2017)

The System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP) was designed as an accountability framework to measure, monitor and drive progress towards a common set of 15 performance indicators to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women. It operationalizes the System-wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women endorsed in 2006 by the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB).

JIU review of policy research uptake in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (JIU/REP/2018/7)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its universal, holistic and integrative approach that cuts across all dimensions of sustainable development, makes collaborative actions and interdisciplinary approaches at the system-wide level, as well as relationships with other stakeholders, imperative. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires, among other things, evidence-based policies and planning at all levels.

JIU Chair Inspector Prom-Jackson presents JIU annual report for 2018 and programme of work 2019 to the General Assembly

On March 11 2019, the JIU Chair Inspector Sukai Prom-Jackson introduced the annual report of the Unit (A/73/34) to the members of the Fifth Committee. Every year the Unit has the opportunity to present to Member States an account of its activities for the past year and an outline of its programme of work for the year to come. Inspector Prom-Jackson outlined the unique comparative advantage of the Unit to conduct its system-wide mandate for inspection, evaluation, and investigation.

JIU/REP/2018/6: JIU review of enhancing accessibility for persons with disabilities to conferences and meetings of the United Nations system

About 15 per cent of the world’s population is estimated to live with some form of disability, and face more barriers than those without, with regard to participation in and access to deliberative processes. Making conferences and meetings fully accessible therefore becomes a critical indicator of the willingness of United Nations system organizations to “walk the talk” when it comes to non-discrimination and inclusion. The review focuses on assessing the current status of accessibility for persons with disabilities to United Nations system conferences and meetings.

JIU/REP/2019/1 – Review of Management and Administration in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The “Review of Management and Administration in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)” was included in the JIU Programme of Work for 2018. The objective of the JIU review was to provide an independent assessment focusing on governance, oversight, organizational structure, executive, financial, human resources and results based management and support services. It served as a follow-up to the previous JIU report (JIU/REP/2007/5), which the Council of ICAO considered at its 182nd session in 2007.

JIU Seminar, 5th February 2019 The practice and opportunities of using behavioural approaches in organizational change management: Lessons and opportunities for the UN system

The UN Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) Change Management Review Team in collaboration with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) hosted a seminar on the 5th February 2019 on the topic of the practice and opportunities of using behavioural approaches in organizational change management: Lessons and opportunities for the UN system.

JIU Inspectors Eileen Cronin and Aicha Afifi introduced the Review of Whistle-Blower Policies and Practices at UNOG Executive Briefing

Representatives of 26 member States and eight organizations took part in the UNOG Executive Briefing on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 in Geneva.

JIU review of management and administration in UNOPS presented to UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

Executive Board discussed the JIU review of management and administration in the United Nations Office for Project Services and UNOPS commitment to follow up on the recommendations as a source for improvement. Inspector Gönke Roscher introduced the recent JIU review of management and administration in the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) during the UNOG segment of the meeting of the joint UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board on 5 September 2018 in New York.