Comptroller and Auditor General of India Girish Chandra Murmu Re-elected as External Auditor of the World Health Organization (WHO) for 2024-2027 Term

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Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Girish Chandra Murmu, has been re-elected as the external auditor of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a four-year term from 2024 to 2027. This decision was announced during the 76th World Health Assembly held in Geneva on May 29, 2023. Murmu secured an overwhelming majority, receiving 114 out of 156 votes in the first round itself.

The CAG’s re-election to this prestigious position is a testament to its esteemed reputation within the international community, as well as its professionalism, high standards, global audit experience, and strong national credentials. The appointment is seen as recognition of India’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and effective governance.

In a statement released in New Delhi, the CAG expressed gratitude for the resounding victory and acknowledged the support and efforts of the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva, as well as the dedicated team from the CAG. Murmu himself addressed the assembly, outlining his vision as the external auditor of WHO. He emphasized the importance of process improvement for better outcomes, transparency, and a professional approach.

The Permanent Mission of India in Geneva tweeted its congratulations, celebrating the re-election of the CAG and highlighting the trust placed in India by 114 out of 156 member states present and voting.

This marks the second significant international audit assignment for the CAG this year, following his selection as the external auditor for the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the period 2024-2027. Additionally, the CAG currently serves as the external auditor for organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (2020-2025), the International Atomic Energy Agency (2022-2027), and the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2021-2023).

Notably, the CAG is also a member of the United Nations Panel of External Auditors, further reinforcing India’s presence and influence in the global audit community. Additionally, Murmu holds positions in the Governing Boards of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and ASOSAI, and chairs various committees within INTOSAI.

The re-election of Girish Chandra Murmu as the external auditor of the World Health Organization showcases India’s commitment to upholding accountability and transparency in international organizations. It also highlights the recognition of the CAG’s expertise and professionalism on a global scale, further strengthening India’s position as a key player in the field of auditing and governance.

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