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Explanation of Position on UNICEF Country Progrram for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.)

Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, U.S. Representative to the United Nations For Management and Reform
Remarks at the First Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board
New York City
January 18, 2007

USUN PRESS RELEASE # 007(07)

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States is deeply concerned about the humanitarian needs of the people of the D.P.R.K., and the United States is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in the D.P.R.K. However, the United States is also deeply concerned that the assistance provided by UNICEF in the D.P.R.K. is actually going to its intended purpose -- the North Korean people -- and not the D.P.R.K. government.

We urge UNICEF to strictly adhere to UN rules and procedures and to strengthen its oversight and monitoring mechanisms in delivering assistance to the D.P.R.K. to ensure that assistance is not diverted from the North Korean people.

We also request UNICEF to ensure a comprehensive audit of the DPRK programs over the last seven years, including ensuring that the country office is following established UN rules in conducting its operations and providing the assistance in the D.P.R.K. -- including the rules relating to monitoring, evaluating and auditing the implementation or execution of projects. All audits should be made available to the Members of the Executive Board. Thank you, Mr. President.



Released on January 18, 2007

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