[Dateline: New York | Author: OIOS]
Mrs. Inga-Britt Ahlenius, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, ended her five year term on 14 July with a warm gathering by staff who praised her advocacy of the independence of the office.
On July 9, staff from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) gathered on the 10th floor of the UN offices at Madison to celebrate Mrs. Ahlenius’ service to the United Nations, in the presence of Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon who joined OIOS in thanking Mrs. Ahlenius for her service. Mrs. Ahlenius was appointed for a five-year non-renewable term that ended on 14th July 2010.
On this occasion, OIOS staff and Mrs. Ahlenius reflected upon the proud achievements made during the past 5 years in fulfilling the mandate of the Office.
The establishment of professional standards, in particular through the publications of professional manuals for each of OIOS’ three disciplines – audit, inspection and evaluation and investigations; the systematic use of risk assessment methodology to allocate resources to areas that have the greatest exposure to risks of fraud, waste, abuse, inefficiencies and mismanagement; and the development of quality assurance programmes, are among the many initiatives aimed at realizing OIOS’ vision: “To be a world class oversight body, respected and trusted by stakeholders.”
During her tenure, Mrs. Ahlenius made the quality of work products the primary focus of every reform and strategic initiative undertaken. Mrs. Ahlenius has also been a passionate champion for upholding operational independence as a core principle of OIOS’ work – a principle she defended openly in her meetings with Member States, senior management and staff.
OIOS staff praised her genuine belief in and dedication to the value of the work of OIOS and the United Nations in general and expressed their sincere appreciation for her accessibility, support and trust.
Prior to joining OIOS, Mrs. Ahlenius was Auditor General of Kosovo from 2003 to 2005, Auditor General of Sweden from 1993 to 2003, and Head of the Budget Department for the Ministry of Finance of Sweden as from 1987 to 1993. Mrs. Ahlenius was also a member of the Committee of Independent Experts that was called for by the European Parliament with a mandate to examine the way in which the European Commission detects and deals with fraud, mismanagement and nepotism.
All OIOS staff wish Mrs. Ahlenius success in her future endeavors and in her life with her family back in Sweden.