Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005. Part 5, Institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. Chapter 1, Strengthening and restructuring of the United Nations system
During 2005, the implementation of the Secretary-General's programme of reform of the Organization continued, with actions centred around the UN system's role in addressing the core challenges of development. In a report on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, the Secretary-General considered issues relating to the use of monitoring, evaluation and reporting by the UN system, and stressed the importance of integrating and aligning UN development policies with the priorities and strategies of national Governments. In January, the Millennium Project, an independent advisory body commissioned by the Secretary-General in 2002, issued its final report on strategies for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A Development Cooperation Forum was established to review global, regional, and national strategies and policies for development cooperation and to provide guidance on the matter. During the year, the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) established in 2004 to investigate the oil-for-food-programme issued several reports on its findings, including a September report on the programme's management. In response to the recommendations contained in the report, as well as the decisions of the General Assembly taken at its High-level Plenary meeting in September, action was taken to introduce reforms, such as the establishment of a new Ethics Office to serve as a focal point within the UN Secretariat for issues including financial disclosure, the protection of staff against retaliation for reporting misconduct, and the development of standards, training and education on ethics issues. Other changes in the UN's structure included the replacement of the Accountability Panel with the Management Performance Board, which would advise the Secretary-General on matters concerning the performance of individual senior managers, and the creation of an Audit Advisory Committee to assist the Secretary-General in his oversight responsibilities. A review of UN system governance arrangements, including an external evaluation of the auditing and oversight system, was to be conducted. The Assembly also adopted measures to strengthen its functioning.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005 v. 59; Vol. 59
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