Director-General meets members of UNESCO Oversight Advisory Committee
On 19 January, 2016, Irina Bokova met with the members of the UNESCO Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC). The OAC is comprised of external independent members.
The OAC spent 2 ½ days reviewing various key oversight aspects of the organization and discussed progress and performance regarding risk management, business continuity, oversight, ethics and accountability. The OAC met with the DG and noted a number of positive developments, including the focus the DG has taken at the Senior Management Team level on the regular review of outstanding oversight recommendations; the impulse she has given to revitalizing the Programme Management Committee (PMC) and the enterprise wide risk management processes through the Risk Management Committee, which have already had meetings this month. The OAC also expressed its satisfaction that following the events in November 2015 in Paris the DG has made business continuity planning a key organizational priority and offered advice in this area.
During the discussion, the Director-General stated that after having operated in a ‘crisis mode’ in the last few years -- following the 22% reduction in budget in November 2011 -- the Organization has now moved beyond and is now firmly focused on programme delivery and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Also welcomed by the OAC, she underlined the work done through evaluations, performed in line with UNESCO’s risks and priorities, as providing real value.
The DG and OAC discussed the importance of continued focus on maximizing the impact of internal audit and specifically the way that value-for-money audits, can assist UNESCO to be more efficient in its use of scarce resources. The OAC emphasized the importance of a risk based prioritization in oversight so that resources available are used in the most effective way, as well as the rigorous monitoring of oversight recommendations as a whole.
The Director-General thanked the OAC for their expertise and advice to her in fulfilling her mission as Chief Administrative Officer and their assistance in fulfilling her oversight responsibilities.
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