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. Based on priority areas relevant to its mandate, the Unit developed a results-based Strategic Framework for 2010-2019, providing a roadmap for increased oversight in response to stakeholders’ demands (Annex III of A/63/34), which was subsequently acknowledged by General Assembly resolution 63/272.

The framework was revised in 2012, to fit budgetary constraints (see Annex V to the 2011 JIU annual report). While the focus of JIU’s work will remain on system-wide issues, less management and administration reviews of single organizations will be conducted.