Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Decision by the Joint Executive Board of UNDP, UNOPS and UNFPA to Make Internal Audit Reports Public

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
June 29, 2012




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The United States welcomes today’s decision by the joint Executive Board of UNDP, UNOPS and UNFPA to make their audit reports publicly available on the internet beginning later this year. These funds and programs have, along with UNICEF, now embraced a new standard for transparency in the UN system.

The United States is determined to see the rest of the UN system follow the leadership the joint Executive Board has demonstrated with this groundbreaking step. Citizens and taxpayers around the world deserve access to information about how their money is spent, as this decision now gives them.

‪‪We especially applaud the commitment of UNDP, UNOPS and UNFPA’s management to promoting transparency and we commend the members of the joint Executive Board’s endorsement of this commitment by taking today’s action.

Around the world, citizens everywhere are demanding of their governments more transparency and accountability, and the United Nations should lead, not lag, in these efforts. The United States will continue to press across the UN system for full, public disclosure of all UN audits.

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PRN: 2012/151