RBM in the United Nations system: High Impact Model for RBM: benchmarking framework, stages of development and outcomes (JIU/NOTE/2017/1)
The model was developed with the intensive involvement of over 25 UN system organizations. It responds to demand from organizations for a common basis for conceptualizing and for collaboration and sharing knowledge about RBM. The model is aligned with the QCPR outcome areas. It provides a basis for self- or peer assessment of stage of development and outcomes of RBM. The assessment methodology allows for a valid assessment across organizations. It was thus used in the JIU study outlined next.
The United Nations system – Private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides unique momentum for a renewed engagement of the private sector. The report identified several ways of improving the existing arrangements for cooperation with the private sector as to reflect the holistic, integrative and universal approach of the 2030 Agenda. The report looks into the supporting framework provided by the United Nations system to facilitate the contribution of the private sector with regard to several aspects: legal, financial, administrative, operational and motivational.
The rise in voluntary contributions, most of which is specified (or earmarked), over the past two decades has been dramatic. In the United Nations system, it amounted to about 70 per cent of total revenue in 2015. Most donors demand detailed individual reports, financial and programmatic, on the activities undertaken utilizing their earmarked contributions. This reporting is in addition to the organization’s corporate reporting to its governing bodies.
Welcome to the revamped website of the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system, launched in February 2018. The site provides our visitors with information about the Unit and its contribution to the United Nations system and keeps them informed about the release of the reports and notes published by the Inspectors. This website also includes more examples of the work conducted by the JIU, clustered by themes such as management and administration, human resources, procurement, RBM, oversight etc.
Review of Air Travel Policies in the United Nations System: Achieving Efficiency Gains and Cost Savings and Enhancing Harmonization (JIU/REP/2017/3)
The Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) has recently issued a report on air travel policies in the United Nations System that reviewed and assessed relevant air travel regulations, policies and practices and examined their implementation across the United Nations system organizations. The report was undertaken following calls from the General Assembly to improve the management of air travel and the effective and efficient use of air travel resources, as a matter of urgency.
The Joint Inspection Unit recently issued a report reviewing the management and administration of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). It articulates the highly complex environment in which the organization operates and the multiple challenges that it faces, mainly generated by economic and technological developments, fundamental market changes and an erosion of its financial base. During the past years the organization has undergone several reforms to secure its operational capacity and relevance in the postal market.
As extrabudgetary or voluntary contributions have become essential for most United Nations system organizations to pursue their mandates, donors are increasingly undertaking their own assessments of these entities and their programmes to ensure that their funds have been used efficiently, and for intended purposes and with the expected levels of accountability. These bilateral assessments have been proliferating in recent years, giving rise to expressions of concern from the management and oversight bodies.
Joint Inspection Unit invited to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System
The Joint Inspection Unit team that is undertaking a review on “Strengthening policy research uptake in service of the 2030 Agenda” was invited to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).
The Joint Inspection Unit kindly invite interested staff to the International Conference on “Public – Private Partnership for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, which will take place at the Palais des Nations, from 10 to 13 April 2018, in Conference Room XVII. Ms. Arancha Gonzaléz, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, and Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe will deliver key-note opening statements on this occasion. Three ministers from developing countries are expected to participate in the Conference as well.
On 8 February 2018, Inspectors Petru Dumitriu and Jorge Flores Callejas participated, at the invitation of Diplo Foundation and Geneva Internet Platform in the official presentation of the report entitled « Data Diplomacy. Updating Diplomacy to the Big Data Era”. The report was prepared by Diplo Foundation and commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
JIU participation in a meeting on the role of the Private Sector & the Diaspora in Achieving the 2030 SDGs
In his capacity as coordinator of the JIU review on “The United Nations system – private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, Inspector Petru Dumitriu participated as a key-note speaker in a conference entitled “The Role of the Private Sector & the Diaspora in Achieving the 2030 SDGs”. The event was held at the UNICEF United Kingdom House, in London, on 5 February 2018. Inspector Petru Dumitriu was invited by the organizers, the World Association for Sustainable Development and UNICEF Sudan.
Knowledge Management Austria (KMA) has decided to award the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system with the Knowledge Management Award 2017. The Award shall be handed over to Inspector Petru Dumitriu “as the leading figure in the process of inspecting, reviewing, mobilizing and advocating for Knowledge Management in the UN System”, and the coordinator of the project team that produced the report entitled “Knowledge management in the United Nations system” (JIU/REP/2016/10), who will accept it on behalf of the Joint Inspection Unit.
On 23 June 2015, the Geneva Evaluation Network (GEN), a platform for the burgeoning evaluation community in Geneva that brings together practitioners, instructors and the interested public, co-organized the first social event dedicated to evaluation interns of the United Nations system and other international organizations. Hosted at the premises of the Graduate Institute Geneva, the event drew together around twenty interns in total, from the evaluation units at ILO and WIPO as well as from the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).