2006/8
Follow-up reports on the implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Auditors for the biennium 2002-2003 (UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS)

      The Executive Board

1.   Takes note of the progress made by UNDP and UNOPS in implementing the recommendations of the Board of Auditors for the biennium ended 31 December 2003, as contained in document DP/2006/13, and of the specific efforts made by management to improve transparency and to promote managerial accountability and ownership in dealing with audit recommendations;

2.   Also takes note of the further actions taken or planned by UNFPA in implementing the recommendations of the United Nations Board of Auditors for the biennium 2002-2003, as contained in the annex to document DP/FPA/2006/1;

3.   Requests the management of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS to build on progress achieved and to continue to implement the recommendations of the Board of Auditors, and strengthen management and control systems, including risk-management systems, that conform to best practices in monitoring compliance with the respective codes of ethics and professional conduct of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS;

4.   Also requests the management of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS, in light of the current scrutiny of all United Nations voluntary funds and programmes, to intensify fraud-prevention and anti-corruption measures and to communicate to all staff members and partner organizations, a zero-tolerance attitude with regard to the mismanagement of funds, and to further strengthen systems for reporting and investigating possible fraud or misuse of funds.

                                    27 January 2006