Over the last years, the United Nations has worked to strengthen its accountability system, which rests on internal controls and oversight mechanisms, and tools to promote transparency and integrity.
Resolution 64/259, adopted in March 2010, makes important recommendations on how to strengthen the UN accountability system and defines accountability as “the obligation of the Secretariat and its staff members to be answerable for all decisions made and actions taken by them, and to be responsible for honouring their commitments, without qualification or exception. Accountability includes achieving objectives and high quality results in a timely and cost-effective manner, in fully implementing and delivering on all mandates to the Secretariat approved by the United Nations intergovernmental bodies and other subsidiary organs established by them in compliance with all resolutions, regulations, rules and ethical standards; truthful, objective accurate and timely reporting on performance results; responsible stewardship of funds and resources; all aspects of performance, including a clearly defined system of rewards and sanctions; and with due recognition to the important role of the oversight bodies and in full compliance with accepted recommendations”.
In 2010, following the recommendation of the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) UNECE adopted the Accountability Framework.
The UNECE Accountability Framework draws on existing accountability frameworks of the United Nations and defines the components of accountability, the delegation of authority and the types and levels of accountability.
It also establishes a critical linkage between institutional and individual accountability through the Executive Secretary’s Compact and e-Performance of managers and staff. These interlinked and cascading agreements between the staff and the managers aim to ensure accountability of the ECE Secretariat for implementing given mandates and achieving agreed results".