Joint Inspection Unit celebrates 50 years
 
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This year, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (JIU)  . The JIU was established at the 21st session of the United Nations General Assembly as the only independent external oversight body of the UN system. At that time, the JIU was an innovative creation of the General Assembly;  it was and remains the only entity mandated with conducting inspections, evaluations, and investigations system-wide. 
 
The JIU’s mandate is to look at cross-cutting issues and to act as an agent for change across the United Nations system. The 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 JIU has been dedicated to assisting the legislative bodies of numerous UN organizations and agencies in meeting their governance responsibilities. The JIU provides support in the context of these agencies’ oversight function regarding  human, financial and other resources.  In its reports and notes, the JIU identifies best practices, proposes benchmarks and facilitates information-sharing throughout all the organizations of the UN system that have adopted its Statute.
 
Commemoration campaign
 
JIU’s 50th anniversary represents an opportunity for the Unit to reflect upon its progress on many fronts while recommitting itself to better serving the interests of its participating organizations and their Member States . To commemorate this occasion, the JIU is launching a communications campaign this fall, during which the organization will hold several events and publish a series of articles highlighting its work and achievements since 1966. The 50th anniversary campaign will coincide with the 4th Biennial  Meeting of JIU Focal Points, which brings together representatives  of the  organizations who have joined the JIU Statute. At this occasion, JIU inspectors and staff  will have a chance to reflect on improvements for JIU’s work and interact with  participating organizations.
As part of this celebration, this year’s gathering of focal points will also include a panel discussion entitled  “Oversight in the United Nations  system: challenges and opportunities for the Joint Inspection Unit.” The panel will include representatives from the United Nations oversight community, from the JIU’s participating organizations and from the Unit itself. It will be moderated by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian (Director of Conference Management, UNOG) and will be held at the end of September at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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 The articles found below are part of a series to commemorate the Joint Inspection Unit’s 50th anniversary and highlight its work and achievements over the last 50 years.
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Interview: Joint Inspection Unit former Inspector and Chair H.E. Ambassador Mounir Zahran, JIU50, Article 11, 2016
The Joint Inspection Unit celebrates 50 years. JIU 50, Article 1, 2016
Towards a more effective follow-up system for the Joint Inspection Unit’s recommendations , JU50, Article 9, 2016
The Joint Inspection Unit in the oversight framework of the UN system, JIU50, Article 4, 2016
THE WORK OF THE JOINT INSPECTION UNIT TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM, JIU50, ARTICLE 5, 2016
The establishment of the Joint Inspection Unit, JIU50, Article 2, 2016
THE JOINT INSPECTION UNIT AND ITS PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS, JIU50, ARTICLE 6, 2016
The work of JIU in the area of HRM
THE JOINT INSPECTION UNIT’S CONTRIBUTION TO MAINSTREAMING RESULTS-ORIENTED PRACTICES IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM, JIU50, ARTICLE 10, 2016
INTERVIEW: JOINT INSPECTION UNIT FORMER EXECUTIVE SECRETARY SUSANNE FRUEH, JIU50, ARTICLE 7, 2016
Panel on oversight in the UN system - challenges and opportunities for the Joint Inspection Unit, JIU50, Article 3, 2016
Interview of the Chair of the Joint Inspection Unit, Mr. Achamkulangare, JIU50, article 2bis, 2016