Guatemala, General Assembly (2016) that ensure the President’s

Guatemala,GA5                     The government of Guatemala is stronglycommitted to improving accountability and transparency measures within the UNSystem because both concepts are essential for the idea of democraticgovernance that is extremely important to link Governments and citizens.

Accountability and transparency have also been identified by the UN Member States,both jointly and distinctively, as part of the founding principles of publicadministration and that is the reason why they must be respected andimplemented.                  The government of Guatemalatakes note of the fact that the United Nations works continuously to improveits accountability and transparency measures starting from its foundationdocument The Charter of the UnitedNations (1945). It also supports the General Assembly resolutions 68/264(2014), 69/272 (2015), 70/255 (2016), and 71/283 (2017) on “Progress towards an accountability system inthe United Nations Secretariat”. Our government also endorses the United Nations Convention against Corruption(2003) put into place by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)to combat corruption in the Member States and establish accountability andtransparency measures in terms of financial management of governments. It alsoagrees with the creation of the Code ofEthics for the President of the General Assembly (2016) that ensure thePresident’s impartial role and the establishment of the Office of InternalOversight Services (OIOS) that through audits, monitoring, inspections, andevaluation helps the Secretary-General with internal accountability measures.Guatemala is also thankful for the work of the two additional oversight bodiesthat promote accountability: the IndependentAudit Advisory Committee (IAAC) and the UNEthics Office.

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Our Country still recognizes United Nations’ external mechanisms, such as the Joint Inspection Unit of the UN System(JIU), that allows its inspectors to evaluate the entire UN system andaffiliated organizations since “evaluation” can help enhance the abilityof stakeholders to make better decisions and assess outcomes, as the UnitedNations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has demonstrated making”evaluation” one of its major components.But we would also like to focus the attention on our domestic initiatives asthe Civil Society for AccountableGovernance and Citizen Security Project, also known as “ProteciònCivica”: a five years project funded by U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) and implemented by Counterpart International in partnershipwith International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Palladium andInternational Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) on the 15th of September2017.The project is aimed at allowing the institutional capacity of civilorganizations (COs) in Guatemala to play a direct role in dealing with citizensafety, answerable governance, and corruption issue.

                   President Thomson, during a panel in April2017, stated that weak accountability and transparency measures have been theimpediment of combatting serious atrocities in some Member States. To that end,the Government of Guatemala takes all the necessary measures to empower civilsociety organizations to increase government accountability, transparency, andanti-corruption patronage and promotes the building of a more inclusivegovernment to combat corruption and advance the safety and living of citizens.

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