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The Organisation



Internal Oversight Service
UNESCO's Internal Oversight Service (IOS) consists of three branches: internal audit, evaluation and investigation. IOS is a central service which reports directly to the Director-General of UNESCO and provides independent and objective assurance as well as advisory services designed to add value and improve UNESCO's operations. The office has the authority to initiate, carry out and report on any action it considers necessary to fulfill its responsibilities with regard to its oversight functions.

Since its establishment in 2001, IOS has evolved by improving its activities in order to focus on assisting management in reaching strategic and organizational objectives and by improving governance, risk
management, and internal control as derived from its charter.

The oversight strategy of 2008-2013 focuses on enhancing accountability and transparency for the effective and efficient achievement of programme results. IOS is also assisting in building organizational capacity, through its involvement in the Organizational Risk Management exercise, to identify, asses and mitigate the risks that might prevent the organization from achieving its objectives.


IOS will present the following reports to the 186th session of the Executive Board in May 2011:

  • 186 EX/24 Internal Oversight Service (IOS): Annual Report 2010

  • 186 EX/6 Part VII Evaluations completed during the 2010–2011 biennium

    The following evaluation reports have recently been published:

  • External Evaluation of UNESCO’s Strategic Programme Objectives 9 and 10

  • Review of UNESCO Liaison Offices

    Summaries of IOS Audit Reports are now available here.

    To report allegations of fraud, corruption or abuse, please click here.

  • Presentation by the Director of IOS to the FA Commission of the 186th session of the Executive Board: 186 EX/24 IOS Annual Report 2010
    Presentation of the Director of IOS to the Joint PX-FA Commission of the 186th session of the Executive Board: 186 EX/6 Part VII Biannual Report on Evaluations Completed
    Status and Comments on Recommendations in JIU Reports, Presented in 186 EX/24

    Evaluation Section (EVS)

    Audit Section (AUD)

    Investigation Section (INV)

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