The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Girish Chandra Murmu has been re-elected as external auditor of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a four-year term from 2024 to 2027. He has been holding the position for a four-year term from 2019 to 2023.
In a statement, the office of the CAG said the election was held Monday at the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where the CAG of India was re-elected in the first round of voting itself with 114 out of 156 votes.
“CAG was personally present in the meeting. After the election, in his address to the World Health Assembly, Shri Murmu outlined his vision as external auditor for WHO emphasising on process improvement for better outcomes, transparency and professional approach,” the statement said.
“CAG’s appointment is a recognition of its standing among the international community as well as its professionalism, high standards, global audit experience and strong national credentials,” the statement added.
“This resounding victory was made possible by the sustained support and tireless efforts of the Permanent Representative of India to The United Nations at Geneva, his officers and a special team of handpicked officers from CAG,” it said.
This was the second major international audit assignment for the CAG this year following his selection for the post of external auditor (2024-2027) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva in March 2023, according to the statement.
The CAG is also the external auditor of Food and Agriculture Organization (2020-2025), International Atomic Energy Agency (2022-2027), Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2021-2023) and Inter Parliamentary Union (2020-2022), the statement said.
“The CAG is a member of the United Nations (UN) Panel of External Auditors. He is also a member of the Governing Boards of International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and ASOSAI. CAG chairs the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee, its Working Group on IT Audit, and the Compliance Audit Sub-Committee,” the statement added.