Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

 

EU Statement – United Nations 5th Committee: Financial & Board of Auditors reports

New York , 15/05/2018 - 21:04, UNIQUE ID: 180515_17
Statements on behalf of the EU

15 May 2018, New York - Statement on behalf of the Member States of the European Union by Mr. Jan De Preter, Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the 72nd Session of the General Assembly Fifth Committee - Second Resumed Session on Item 133. Financial & Board of Auditors reports

Monsieur le Président,

 

J’ai l’honneur de prendre la parole au nom des États Membres de l’Union Européenne.

 

La Turquie, l'ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine*, le Monténégro*, la Serbie* et l'Albanie*, pays candidats, la Bosnie-Herzégovine, pays du processus de stabilisation et d'association et candidat potentiel, ainsi que l'Ukraine et la République de Moldavie se rallient à la présente déclaration.

 

Monsieur le Président,

 

Permettez-moi de remercier Monsieur Anand M. Bajaj, Directeur de l'audit externe et Président du Comité des Opérations d’Audit du Comité des Commissaires aux Comptes, pour la présentation des travaux du Comité sur les opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies pour l'exercice allant du 1er juillet 2016 au 30 juin 2017. Je souhaiterais également étendre nos remerciements à Madame Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Contrôleur et Sous- Secrétaire Général, pour sa présentation du rapport du Secrétaire Général sur la mise en oeuvre des recommandations du Comité, ainsi qu'à Monsieur Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Président du Comité Consultatif pour les Questions Administratives et Budgétaires, pour la présentation des recommandations de son Comité.

 

Mister Chair,

 

The Member States of the European Union would like to take this opportunity to reiterate their appreciation for the important work carried out by the Board of Auditors. Through its high quality reports and substantial recommendations, the Board has made important contributions to the UN. The Board of Auditors provides us with an independent assessment on the use of Member States' funds. Its work is a crucial component of the UN System's oversight framework, and consistently contributes to improve the governance of the Organisation. We believe that the Board helps drive the UN System to operate in a more transparent and cost-effective way, enabling the Organisation to implement its mandates more efficiently.

 

We have now in front of us the Board's report on the financial statements of UN peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. The Member States of the European Union are happy to see that the Board has issued an unqualified opinion and that the peacekeeping operations remain financially sound.  

 

We welcome the strengthening of the process for the preparation of financial statements by implementing Umoja. We support the Board's observations that, overall, further improvements are needed in several areas of peacekeeping operations, including budget formulation and financial management, mission liquidation, procurement and contracting, human resources, travel and environmental management. 

 

Delegation of authority is indeed one of the issues that need improvement and reform, both at the headquarters and in peacekeeping operations. We are a supporter of the Secretary-General's reform initiatives. We also appreciate the Board's comprehensive audit of air operations.

 

In the area of fraud prevention, we support the Board’s call for greater emphasis on fraud awareness and prevention. We will continue to encourage the Secretary-General to ensure the full and timely implementation of recommendations made by the Board.

 

We will comment on the details of the findings of the Board of Auditors when discussing individual mission’s budgets and the observations of ACABQ on the overview report.

 

Finally, allow me to thank the Controller and Auditor General of United Republic of Tanzania for his excellent work on the Board and wish good luck the Controller General of Chile as he starts his tenure in July 2018.

 

Mister Chair,

 

In conclusion, the Member States of the European Union would like to express, once again, their appreciation for the work of the Board, and their readiness to endorse the present report as a whole.

 

I thank you, Mister Chair.

 

* L'ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine, le Monténégro, la Serbie et l'Albanie continuent à participer au processus de stabilisation et d'association.

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