Canadian Tapped to Lead UN Watchdog Office, Says Diplomat

Seen here with Robert Appleton, who headed the defunct United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services Procurement Task Force, Inga-Britt Ahlenius, former chief of U.N. OIOS, addressed reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York Jan. 10, 2008. A U.N. diplomat indicated that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has chosen a replacement for Ahlenius. Photo by: United Nations/Mark Garten

The United Nations is eyeing a Canadian to head its watchdog office, according to a U.N. diplomat.

The diplomat, who requested anonymity, told The Associated Press that Carman Lapointe-Young is U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s choice to succeed Sweden’s Inga-Britt Ahlenius at the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services. 

Ahlenius stepped down July 16 and left a 50-page confidential memo attacking Ban’s leadership, as reported by Devex. 

Lapointe-Young, an auditor general for the World Bank in 2004, is currently working at the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Global Capacity Development Task Force. She is also an external audit committee member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The selection of Lapointe-Young though is not yet final. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky declined to confirm her appointment, saying an announcement will be made “quite soon.”

The U.N., in addition, plans to review the functions of its internal oversight unit. The review will focus on “areas where OIOS is not active.”

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