Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED)

IED was formally established on 1 January 2008 after deliberations by the Member States and the Secretariat in the context of the 2005 World Summit mandated “Comprehensive Review of Governance and Oversight within the UN System”. Previously known as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Consulting Division (MECD), IED today focuses on the conduct of independent inspections and evaluations on behalf of the Secretary-General and the Member States.

In accordance with its mandate, set forth in General Assembly resolution A/RES/48/218 B (and later resolutions A/RES/54/244 and A/RES/59/272), IED’s role is to help assure Secretariat programmes’ accountability for attaining their mandates, while in the process foster institutional learning, and improvement, through reflection by programmes and Member States on performance and results.

What do the OIOS and IED do?

The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is the internal oversight body of the United Nations. Our role is to promote good governance and accountability on behalf of the Secretary General and the General Assembly so that the UN can keep its promise to advance peace, human rights and social progress. Our Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) conducts evidence-based evaluations of the UN Secretariat’s programmes, with three main aims:

• To help programmes deliver better results
• To enable the UN as a whole to learn from their experiences
• To provide public accountability

Operational independence

IED assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his internal oversight responsibilities by providing him with reports on the work of the Division. The Secretary-General is required to transmit OIOS reports directly (that is, without revisions) to the General Assembly. OIOS has the authority to report on any action it considers necessary to fulfill its oversight responsibilities, and it has the right to access all records, documents, assets and premises it considers necessary in the conduct of its activities.

Our Vision

IED strives to be the best source of information on whether the United Nations works well or not.

Our Mission

IED’s mission is to produce world-class evaluations and inspections, based on the highest standards of oversight professionalism, that will assist the United Nations in becoming the most efficient and effective Organization possible and to support it in reaching the objectives, ideals and aspirations embodied in the Charter.