UN affirms appointment
of Filipino auditor Heidi Mendoza as oversight chief
MANILA, Oct. 14 -- The United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Tuesday
unanimously approved the appointment by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon of
Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Heidi S. Mendoza as Under-Secretary
General of the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).
Mendoza is the first Filipino ever to be appointed as Under-Secretary
General in the UN Secretariat.
Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, permanent representative of the
Philippines to the UN, welcomed the appointment and thanked the regional
groups of the UN for their endorsement and the member states for their
affirmation of the appointment. Under UN rules, the appointment by the
Secretary General is submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
“It is a great honor for the Philippines that a highly-qualified woman from
the developing world was chosen to serve in a senior position in the United
Nations,” Yparraguirre said.
She added that Commissioner Mendoza’s “qualifications and wealth of
experience, coupled with her commitment to excellence and integrity, make
her a wise choice for the job. Her qualifications are crucial at this
juncture in the history of the UN which is celebrating its 70th anniversary,
moving forward with an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
and pursuing a platform of reforms in various fields of UN work,” said
She also emphasized that good governance, rule of law, and effective,
accountable and transparent institutions within the UN are necessary for
ensuring that it continues to be a credible champion in the global fight
against corruption and achieves its lofty goals.
The United States and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden also hailed the appointment. Speaking on behalf of the
United States, Ambassador Isobel Coleman, ambassador for UN Management and
Reform, said they look forward to working with Mendoza and are committed to
ensuring a strong OIOS to carry out robust audits and effective
investigations to ferret out waste, fraud and corruption.
In a similar vein, Sweden, speaking for the Nordic countries, said they are
confident that Mendoza will lead the OIOS effectively and efficiently and
noted that “an operationally independent OIOS is key to rebuilding the
confidence among the member states that the office can play its role in
protecting the integrity of the United Nations and promoting accountability
within the organization.”
Earlier, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario hailed the
announcement of the UN Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mendoza,
saying that “the appointment of Ms. Heidi Mendoza as UN
Under-Secretary-General of an important office that aims to be an agent of
change to promote responsible, accountable, and transparent administration
of UN resources, is a true testament of her skills and integrity as a public
Mendoza is expected to begin her term on November 15, 2015. As per UN
regulations, her appointment is for a fixed term of five years without
renewal. As the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Internal Oversight, she
will be responsible over the resources and staff of the organization through
internal audit, monitoring, inspection, evaluation and investigation