All financial resources available in its annual budgets should be wisely used and in a cost-effective manner. Priority has to be given to the approved and high-impact activities of its member states. UNESCO has always to remain mindful that it is not a funding agency and hence it can not do everything everywhere and at all times. The management of financial resources shall be in full compliance with the Organization’s financial policies and regulations, and shall be strongly supported by a rigorous and a comprehensive external auditing exercise at the end of each financial year. Transparent auditable trails have to be available to all financial contributors to assess progress, quality of delivery and probity in resource allocations and utilization. UNESCO of the 21st Century has to establish durable cooperation with both the private and public sectors in fulfilling its mandate and in the realization of the changing needs of its membership.
External Review of the Organization
UNESCO programmes and activities at the Head Office in Paris, and at its Regional and Cluster Offices shall undergo international external reviews every five years. The impact of sometimes poorly resourced UNESCO national, regional and/or cluster offices shall be evaluated for the benefit of its member states.
Leadership Qualities of UNESCO DG
The realization of the above vision for UNESCO of the 21st Century requires leadership which is visionary and dynamic. Excellent management skills, transparency, innovation, efficiency, quality productivity and high-impact delivery are obligatory. High integrity, impeccable morals, respect and diplomacy are a must. The UNESCO DG should be an excellent communicator and public speaker.
The candidate from Tanzania, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, possesses all of these leadership qualities.