Remarks at a Meeting of the Fifth Committee on the Board of Auditors

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet
U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 9, 2020


The United States places great importance on the work of the Board of Auditors, as the oversight of the UN’s operations and finances provided by the Board is crucial to ensuring that the United Nations functions effectively and efficiently. We would like to thank in particular the delegations of Germany, India, and Chile for their vital and sustained support to the Board’s work. Their effort as members of the Board has led to the identification of reforms critical to the proper functioning of the Organization. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the India National Audit Office for their work and for their final reports this year.

This year’s report provides valuable insight on a number of issues, including those that are essential to properly and fully implementing the UN reform agenda. We note in particular the Board’s recommendations toward strengthening core business processes in finance, budget, procurement, and humanitarian affairs as well as continuing to improve the implementation of the Secretary-General’s reforms for management, development, and peace and security.

We echo the Board’s call for the Secretary-General to accelerate the implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Auditors. By implementing the recommendations of the Board in a timely manner, the Organization can achieve significant improvements in carrying out its mandate and in-service delivery across the pillars of the United Nations for some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. We look forward to engaging with all delegations constructively to encourage progress in critical areas identified by the Board.

Thank you.