November 23rd, 2011
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India elected to UN Joint Inspection Unit

India New Delhi: India has been elected to UN’s Joint Inspection Unit which is the only external oversight body, that takes care of the administrative and financial functioning of the world body system. In a race between India and China the Tiger emerged victorious. Ambassador A Gopinath won 106 votes against China’s 77. China’s Zhang Yishan was already a member of the JIU and was seeking renewal of his term.

India won the Asia-Pacific region seat for the five-year term beginning 1 January 2013. India has served only once on the JIU, 35 years ago, from 1968 to 1977. China got only 77 votes. A Gopinathan, India’s nominee for the JIU is currently India’s permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva.  Earlier, he was India’s deputy permanent representative in New York from January 2002 to September 2005. He has also served as joint secretary (UN) from August 1997 to December 2001 at the ministry of external affairs.

The UN General Assembly held elections to fill the vacancies that arose upon the expiry of the term of offices of the representatives of Egypt, Russia, Peru, Cuba, China and the US. The Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) is a United Nations unit established by resolution 31/192 of December 22, 1976 of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Its objective is to enhance the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations system and, to this end, it may make on-the-spot inquiries and investigations. The Joint Inspection Unit is the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investig


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