Review of mainstreaming environmental sustainability across organizations of the United Nations system (JIU/REP/2020/8)

The current context provides an opportunity for the United Nations organizations to reimagine the system by making their policies, practices and operations, including internal management, environmentally sustainable. They should move away from advocacy practices aimed merely at raising awareness and should instead assume responsibility for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development within their operations and activities. They should fully seize the opportunities arising from the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic for serious digitalization and resource footprint reduction, including in the realm of travel. 

The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system elects its Chair and Vice-Chair for 2021 and adopts its programme of work

The Inspectors of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) on 12 January elected Inspector Jorge Flores Callejas (Honduras) as Chair and Inspector Gönke Roscher (Germany) as Vice-Chair of the Unit for 2021. The Unit also adopted its programme of work for 2021 at its resumed Winter Session. The programme of work includes five system-wide projects and the reviews of management and administration in two of its participating organizations and will be presented to the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth resumed session later this year.

Farewell to three Inspectors leaving the Unit

December 2020 marked the departure of Ms. Aicha Afifi (Morocco), Mr. Petru Dumitriu (Romania) and Mr. Jeremiah Kramer (Canada), who served the Joint Inspections Unit for a five-year term since 2016.

JIU/REP/2020/6 Multilingualism in the United Nations

Multilingualism is both an asset and a shared commitment for all organizations in the United Nations system. Multilingualism is critical for the governance of the organizations in the United Nations system, but also for reaching out to its mandate beneficiaries, the peoples of its Member States.

JIU/REP/2020/5 Enterprise risk management: approaches and uses in United Nations system organizations

Enterprise risk management (ERM) has its roots in the private sector and has value in all sectors, including United Nations system entities. United Nations system organizations are exposed to a myriad of risks while delivering on their mandates –– from fraud and corruption, reputational risks and cybercrime to risks of a political nature, natural and human-made disasters. In its resolution 61/245, the General Assembly endorsed the adoption of ERM in the United Nations system to enhance governance and oversight.


JIU/REP/2020/3 Common premises in the United Nations system: current practices and future prospects

This review examines progress achieved in developing common premises in countries where United Nations country teams operate. It identifies barriers to progress and recommends a range of measures to enable the efficiency and other gains common premises have been intended for, as well as a more far-reaching transformation of the management of the United Nations system’s extensive real estate portfolio in the field.

JIU/REP/2020/1 Review of the state of the investigation function: progress made in the United Nations system organizations in strengthening the investigation function

The report assesses the current state of the investigation function in the United Nations system organizations and the progress made in strengthening the function since the last JIU reports of 2000 and 2010 on the same topic, in particular the distribution of responsibilities for investigations and organizational set-up of the function, its level of independence, investigation capacity and resourcing, as well as system-wide coherence and cooperation.

JIU/REP/2019/9 Review of contemporary practices in the external outsourcing of services to commercial service providers by United Nations system organizations

The present report assesses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of utilizing the option of external outsourcing to commercial service providers, outlines the existing enabling legislation and policy in this realm, and provides a tool-kit for organizations to improve how such outsourcing is conducted and managed. The topic is being reviewed by the JIU after 17 years, following a proposal from the United Nations Secretariat.

JIU releases its annual report for 2019 and programme of work for 2020 to the UN General Assembly (A/74/34)

Inspector Eileen A. Cronin, Chair, and Inspector Keiko Kamioka, Vice-Chair of the JIU for 2020, are pleased to share the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) 2019 annual report and 2020 programme of work.

Impact story: contributing to the Staff College’s six-week course on change management

Impact story: contributing to the Staff College’s six-week course on change management

The JIU’s review of change management in the United Nations system (JIU/2019/4) has been recognized by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) as a significant addition to knowledge base on change management across the UN system. 

JIU/REP/2019/8 New review concludes that inter-agency mobility policies do not serve the needs of organizations or the aspirations of staff well enough.

The concept of inter-agency mobility has long been prominent, but remains limited and the opportunistic application of the 2012 inter-organizational Agreement, largely driven by the desire to avoid responsibility for financial liabilities, is eroding the functioning of the regime to the disadvantage of staff.

JIU prepares the first-ever ‘Easy Read’ version of a report summary

The Joint Inspection Unit has released an ‘Easy Read’ version of the executive summary of the JIU review (JIU/REP/2018/6) on enhancing accessibility for persons with disabilities to conferences and meetings of the United Nations system.

General Assembly adopts dedicated resolution on the JIU review on enhancing accessibility for persons with disabilities to conferences and meetings of the United Nations system

On 27 December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a dedicated resolution (A/RES/74/253) on the review of the Joint Inspection Unit on the topic of enhancing accessibility for persons with disabilities to conferences and meetings of the United Nations system (JIU/REP/2018/6).

The JIU report on policy research uptake presented for the fourth time in 2019

At the invitation of the Geneva Science-Policy Interface and University of Geneva, Inspector Petru Dumitriu, accompanied by Sofia Palli, Evaluation and Inspection Officer, and Hervé Baudat, Research Assistant, presented for the fourth time this year the JIU report entitled “Strengthening policy research uptake in the context of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”

JIU meets the Chairs of the United Nations system Oversight Committees to discuss audit, oversight and ethics functions, and whistleblower protection policies

On Tuesday 10th December 2019, the JIU participated in the meeting of the Chairs of the United Nations system Oversight Committees. Spanning their most recent work, the JIU Chair Sukai Prom-Jackson, and Inspectors Eileen Cronin, Aicha Afifi, Petru Dumitriu and Gönke Roscher introduced the work of the JIU. 

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).

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”.