Shashi Kant Sharma,the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India has been elected as Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors for a six-year term.
The election was held on Friday evening at UN Headquarters in New York. India defeated Philippines with a wide margin. Out of the 186 votes cast,India got 124 votes against 62 for Philippines.
India will replace China on the board beginning July 1,2014 as China will be completing its term in June 2014.
With this election,the CAG will get access for audit of the UN organisations,the prominent one being the UN Headquarters itself.
Sharma,along with other two members of the board will also be responsible for audit of UN bodies like UN Peacekeeping Operations,UN Development Programme (UNDP),UNICEF,UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),UN Environment Programme (UNEP),UN-HABITAT,UN Women and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The UN General Assembly appoints three members to the Board of Auditors,each of whom must be the Auditor-General (or officer holding the equivalent title) of a Member State.