UN Joint Inspection Unit Launches New Website

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The only independent external oversight body of the United Nations has launched a new website, making it easier to access its reports dating back to 1968, and other information.

The new JIU website is here.

The new website and other communications products like brochures and newsletters “will enable the Unit to increase awareness of and usage of its outputs by its clients, whether Member States, coordinating and oversight bodies of the UN system, or senior managers of the JIU participating organizations,” it said in a release.

The JIU has played an important role in providing external information about UN agencies like the World Intellectual Property Organization and most recently the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

For instance, the new review of management and administration at UNCTAD [pdf] found that member states may be paying too little attention, leaving too much influence in the hands of the UNCTAD secretariat. It also found that UNCTAD is not engaging sufficiently in partnerships with other organisations, and that its staff are highly dissatisfied. Yet it praised the work that UNCTAD is doing as a UN research organisation on trade and development.

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