Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Agreement by the Fifth Committee to Make Public OIOS Audits, March 28, 2013

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
March 28, 2013


The United States is very pleased by today's decision by the Fifth Committee to make all of the internal audit reports of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services publicly available online beginning later this year.

This groundbreaking decision, reached after many years of initiatives by the United States and others toward greater transparency, follows similar decisions by the Executive Board of UNICEF and the Joint Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS last June to make their respective internal audit reports available online.

Taxpayers and citizens around the world are demanding of their governments more transparency and accountability and today’s decision helps ensure the United Nations itself maintains the standards it helps promote around the world. We believe this decision represents a turning point in the way the UN does business, and are committed to working with member states to ensure that disclosure of audit reports becomes a permanent fixture at the UN.


PRN: 2013/039