In his first annual report, newly appointed United Nations Ombudsman, John Barkat, provides an update on the transition to a single integrated and decentralized office. Most notably, the office has been given the authority to expand from 9 employees in New York to 33 employees spread among eight UN locations worldwide. Selection of additional staff is expected by the end of 2008. The report also summarizes systemic issues identified in 670 cases opened between August 1, 2007, and July 31, 2008. (UN Bibliographic System, Document Symbol: A/63/283.)
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