Thursday, July 29, 2010

Canadian woman to become top UN internal watchdog

UNITED NATIONS — A Canadian woman who was chief auditor for the World Bank will be the next head of the U.N.'s internal watchdog agency.

Carman Lapointe-Young was approved for the job of undersecretary-general for oversight Wednesday by the General Assembly.

Lapointe-Young was appointed to the non-renewable five-year term as head of the U.N.'s Office of Internal Oversight Services by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

LaPointe-Young was appointed auditor general of The World Bank Group in August 2004.

She succeeds Inga Britt-Ahlenius of Sweden, who left this month after issuing a final memo blasting Ban's leadership and blaming him for her agency's problems.

Ban is reviewing the memo and has ordered a review of the U.N.'s ability to investigative itself.

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