Independent Audit Advisory Committee: April session results

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April 26, 2021
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The Independent Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations (IAAC) held its fifty-fourth session from 21-23 April 2021. Due to the ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, the meetings were held virtually. The session was presided over by the Chair, Janet St. Laurent. All the other members of the Committee, namely: Agus Pramono (Vice-Chair), Dorothy Bradley, Anton Kosyanenko, and Imran Vanker were in attendance.

The IAAC’s deliberations included a preliminary review of the Committee’s report on the regular budget of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for 2022.

In addition, the IAAC held meetings with:

  • Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, on: (i) status of the implementation of oversight body recommendations, including an update on the review of the actions to address the overdue recommendations of the Board of Auditors; (ii) progress in embedding ERM including, the status of the Risk Treatment and Response Plans and the ERM module in Umoja; (iii) an update on the maturity level of the second line of defence as it relates to the three lines of defence model, introduced by the Secretary-General in his report A/72/492/Add.2, that underscored the importance of the second line of defence. 
  • Fatoumata Ndiaye, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, on her vision and the programme work of the Office; and with senior managers regarding a wide range of matters, including: (i) status of the regular budget workplans implementation for the period 2020-2021 for IAD, IED, and ID; (ii) budget proposal for the regular budget for 2022, including capacity gap analyses for IAD, IED, and ID; (iii) status of the revised Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Divisions; (iv) status of the implementation of the recommendations of OIOS by Management, including a list of the top 10-20 recommendations which have not yet been implemented; and (v) significant findings reported by the Office during the first quarter 2021. 
  • Chandramouli Ramanathan, Assistant Secretary-General, Controller on: (i) the proposed programme budget for 2022; (ii) the regular budget of OIOS for 2022; (iii) update on the operational implications of any issues and trends apparent in the Organization’s financial statements pertaining to Volume II; (iv) the current financial situation; and (v) an update in the status of ASHI. 
  • Lotta Tahtinen, Chief of Outreach and Partnership Branch of Department of Economic and Social Affairs on the Sustainable Development Goals Action Database maintained by DESA.
The next (fifty-fifth) session of the IAAC is scheduled for 21-23 July 2021. The venue and/or mode of the session will be determined at a later date.

For further information on the work of the IAAC, please see the Committee’s website at: www.un.org/ga/iaac or contact the Committee’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Moses Bamuwamye, at e-mail: bamuwamye@un.org; tel.: +1 212 963 0788