May 10 Webinar on Anti-Corruption

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Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Online and School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark, Room 309, 111 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Speaker: Elia Yi Armstrong, Director of the Ethics Office, United Nations


Presentation Title: Preventing Corruption:  the Work of the UN Ethics Office


Presentation Abstract: The United Nations Ethics Office assists the Secretary-General in ensuring that staff members perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required by the Charter of the United Nations. As an independent office, the Ethics Office contributes to preventing corruption in the UN through 1) providing impartial ethics guidance and confidential advice, 2) running the financial disclosure programme, 3) providing content into ethics training modules and conducting outreach, 4) reviewing claims for protection against retaliation for staff having made disclosures of possible wrongdoing or cooperated with an audit or investigation, and 5) providing support to ethics-related policies and leading coherence on ethical standards in the UN system.  In carrying out its work, the UN Ethics Office works with management and staff as well as other relevant offices within the Secretariat and ethics offices in UN agencies.


Short Bio: Elia Yi Armstrong is the Director of the UN Ethics Office. She was seconded to be part of the interim team that set up the UN Ethics Office in 2006 and also served as the Director of the UNDP Ethics Office from July 2008 to April 2012. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Chief of the Development Management Branch at the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations (UN). At DESA/DPADM, Ms. Armstrong worked in the Public Administration Capacity Branch and the Office of the Director. Ms. Armstrong started her career in social services working with non-profit organizations and development NGOs before joining the Canadian public service in 1993. She served at the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada and was also seconded briefly to the Public Management Service (now Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate) of the OECD.  Since 1997, Ms. Armstrong has contributed to numerous UN policy analysis reports, served as a speaker on public sector ethics on behalf of the UN. Ms. Armstrong holds a B.S.W. (social work) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a MSc. in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the University of London, London School of Economics.


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