Canadian Auditor is New Chief of UN Watchdog Office

Carman Lapointe-Young, a former general auditor of the World Bank, is the new undersecretary-general for the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services.

Lapointe-Young’s nomination to the post was approved July 28 by the U.N. General Assembly. She will serve a non-renewable five-year term.

The Canadian national was nominated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to succeed Sweden’s Inga-Britt Ahlenius, who stepped down July 16 and left a 50-page end-of-term memo attacking Ban’s leadership.

Ban welcomed the U.N. General Assembly’s endorsement of Lapointe-Young. Martin Nesirky, the secretary-general’s spokesperson, has noted that Lapointe-Young possesses “the breadth and depth of experience and expertise required for this demanding position.”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Susan Rice has earlier expressed support for Lapointe-Young’s nomination.

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