UN: reforms needed to deal wih fraud

20 June 2007
More news

21 June 2007 | Paul Snell

United Nations procurement needs a "major overhaul", according to one of the organisation's top executives.

Inga-Britt Ahlenius, under-secretary-general for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), said the UN needed to improve its purchasing policies, checks and balances and processes for dealing with corrupt suppliers. She revealed the OIOS is investigating around $1 billion (£500 million) of contracts, out of a total purchasing budget of just under $2 billion (£1 billion).

Speaking after the conviction of the former UN purchaser Sanjaya Bahel this month on fraud and corruption charges (Web news, 8 June), Ahlenius said there was an urgent need to establish a robust structure to act swiftly and resolutely against corrupt vendors. She added a proper framework of internal controls was needed for procurement. She said the high number of cases of possible wrongdoing being investigated - around 140 - showed it was difficult to rely on the current controls.

Ahlenius added there was not a "witch-hunt" taking place in procurement, but that the task force, set up to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, was pursuing the cases handed to them.

Robert Appleton, head of the procurement task force, said it would issue a mid-year report into its investigations next month, and expected them to be concluded by the end of the year.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon repeated his commitment to pursuing fraud and wrongdoing in the organisation, and said justice had been done in the Bahel case.





SMjun2007

LATEST
JOBS
Swindon, Wiltshire
upto £40K base (+ Paid overtime and corporate benefits)
Honda Manufacturing Ltd
Kew gardens, Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
£37,000 - £42,500 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE