Governments welcome UNDP’s move to increase transparency

09 Sep 2011

In a statement Friday, the governments of Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and the United States welcomed efforts by the United Nations Development Programme to increase public disclosure and transparency.  
 
“We welcome Helen Clark’s commitment to achieving full transparency by the end of next year, and we look forward to working with her and UN member states to achieve that goal,” said U.S. Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, speaking on behalf of the group of countries.
 
The statement came after UNDP’s Executive Board authorized  the disclosure of internal audit reports to intergovernmental organization donors and to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through a password-protected website.
 
Previously these audit reports were only available to member states at UNDP headquarters.
 
"UNDP is committed to being transparent and to being accountable," said Clark, head of the UN's development agency.
 
UNDP currently publishes project information online from more than 100 country offices and reports financial flows in real-time from trust funds it administers.  In the Global Accountability Report's most recent evaluation of UNDP, the agency was awarded the top accountability score among 30 global organizations surveyed by the UK-based independent think tank.  UNDP is also in the process of implementing international accounting standards to further facilitate a true picture of the agency's financial situation.