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Ombudsman calls for enhanced links with United Nations

30 April 2018

On Monday 30 April, Ombudsman Peter Tyndall called for an enhanced relationship between the UN and the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), and for support for the  role of Ombudsmen in promoting good administration, tackling corruption and defending human rights.

The Ombudsman, who is President of the IOI, was speaking at the United Nations in New York. 

Also speaking at the event to mark 40 years of the IOI were UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, and Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, New York.

Mr Tyndall said:

“Ombudsmen promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Many Ombudsman around the world have faced significant challenges to their work, to their funding, and even to their very existence, because they have been prepared to defend the rights of the individual.  We believe that in this the IOI’s 40th anniversary year, the time is right to deepen the relationship between the UN and the IOI and place it on a more formal basis.”

The full text of the Ombudsman’s speech is available at www.ombudsman.ie

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Note for Editors:  The International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), established in 1978, is the only global organisation for the cooperation of more than 188 independent Ombudsman institutions from more than 90 countries worldwide.  In its effort to focus on good governance and capacity building, the IOI supports its members in a threefold way: training, research and regional subsidies for projects.  For further information:  www.theioi.org