The Commission on Audit (COA) has recently formalized its intent to be the next external auditor of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNCESCO), with the mandate commencing on 2024. The six-year audit mandate that COA seeks will provide the best opportunity for the Commission to contribute its expertise built from the over thirty-nine years of experience auditing the United Nations agencies to an organization that is currently undergoing strategic transformation. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO carries the mandate that promotes world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture.
Chairperson Cordoba and First President Moscovici during their bilateral meeting at Cour des Comptes headquarters in Paris, France
With its constitution adopted in London in 1945 that came into force in 1946, UNESCO is now present in 193 countries providing support to establishment of global centers of scientific research, spearheading literacy campaigns and protecting the best that humanity has to offer. Interestingly, UNESCO has declared several heritage sites in the Philippines that include the City of Vigan, Miag-ao Church, Tubataha Reef, San Agustin Church and Rice Terraces of Cordilleras, among others. Lately, the Province of Bohol was declared by the agency as one of the 18 new global Geoparks citing its geological identity that has been pieced together over 150 million years, as periods of tectonic turbulence have raised the island from the ocean depths.