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Auditors save UN £14m in efficiency drive

The United Nations' in-house audit office has claimed that it saved the UN more than $26m (£14m) in the past year, and made other recommendations on how to further eliminate waste and improve efficiency.

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In its annual report to the UN general assembly, the Office of Internal Oversight Services stated that more than half of the 541 recommendations it made during 2003/04 had been implemented or are being worked upon. Some savings have come from field audits unmasking fraud, mismanagement or poor financial or administrative planning.

In one case, said the report, a security officer with the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda defrauded the UN of $130,000 by submitting fraudulent claims for education grants.

In another, an honorary representative of the UN High Commission for Refugees was found to be organising the buying and reselling, at a profit, of international driver licences. The representative’s contract was not renewed.

The report highlighted the 153 audits conducted in 2003/04. The resulting recommendations called for $16.4m of savings and recoveries, but the office said an extra $10.2m was actually saved when some recommendations from previous years were finally implemented.

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