UN to launch audit following arrest of former General Assembly president

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

An audit will be launched into the relationship between the United Nations and two private organizations following the arrest this week of a former UN General Assembly president in connection with an alleged bribery scheme.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

Dianne Penn reports.

The audit will be conducted by the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

It will look into the interaction between the UN and the Global Sustainability Foundation and the Sun Kian Ip Group.

Both organizations are the subject of a bribery probe by United States authorities related to a real estate project in Macau.

Use of any funds received from these two entities will be investigated.

Stéphane Dujarric is spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General is concerned about the serious nature of the allegations, which go to the heart of the work of the United Nations and its Member States. The Secretary-General reaffirms that there will be no tolerance for any corruption at the United Nations or in the name of the United Nations. He is committed to ensuring that funds received from such private entities were handled properly according to relevant UN rules and regulations."

The audit follows the arrest on Tuesday of John Ashe, a former General Assembly president.

He was among six people accused of taking part in the alleged corruption scheme.

Mr Ashe was also a co-founder and honorary board chairman of the Global Sustainability Foundation, according to the organization's website.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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