UN General Assembly approves Filipino’s appointment as head of UN body

The United Nations General Assembly approved the appointment of Heidi Mendoza, top auditor of the Philippines, as the new head of its internal oversight body, the Office of the Internal Oversight Services (IOS) said. Mendoza, who succeeds Carman Lapointe of Canada, will serve as undersecretary-general for IOS for a five-year non-renewable term.

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the General Assembly’s approval of the appointment. Mendoza has been Commissioner of the Commission of Audit (COA) of the Philippines since 2011. She also chaired an external auditing board for the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization and International Labor Organization.

According to the UN, Mendoza has over 20 years of service in government particularly in the field of audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy.

She worked previously as consultant for the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development.

The UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services is the internal oversight body of the United Nations. Established in 1994, the office assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the UN through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection, and evaluation services. PNA/Xinhua