"....The staff is sick and tired of the impunity extended by the office of the Secretary-General to senior managers for their failings especially in situations where it has led to death and disability....."
- UN Staff Union
Thursday, October 9, 2008
As UN's Ban Tries to Lead Reform, 36 Officials and 172 Staff Say No , Mobility Stalled
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
UNITED NATIONS, October 7 -- Speaking publicly at last about UN reform, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said his idea of moving staff from job to job is to stimulate creative, a "fresh wind at the UN," as he called it. But he has a long way to go to sell this plan. Several of his Under Secretary Generals have told Inner City Press they oppose the idea. People with expertise, one USG asked Inner City Press on October 6, why should we send them to an entirely different job? It brought to mind Ban's complaint in his speech to this and other officials in Turin, that he tried to lead by example but no one followed.
The same applied, despite Ban's protests, to public financial disclosure. While at his October 7 press conference Ban claimed that compliance has been high, the most recent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers shows that while in 2006 only 34 UN staff refused to submit financial disclosures, in 2007 under Ban Ki-moon, the number of non-compliant staff grew to 172. Click here to see the Report. To see Ban's claim to the contrary, video here.
In asking questions about UN reform, over the objections of Ban's spokesperson, Inner City Press said it is to Ban's credit that he made a public financial disclosure, how ever minimal. But while he called on other senior UN system officials to follow his lead, an updated review by Inner City Press on October 7 found that of 105 top officials, fully 36 declined to make any public financial disclosure.The names of these non-disclosers may be surprising to some.
Ban Ki-moon at CERN: he made disclosure, 36 top officials did not, now what?
The following officials chose not to follow Ban's lead, click to view their statements that "I have chosen not to disclose the information" --
Yuge, Akiko – Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau of Management, UNDP
In fairness, below is the UN's transcription of Inner City Press' question and Ban's answer in full. Notable is the non-response to the question about the so-called accountability report on the Algiers bombing of December 2007. Later on October 7, outgoing UN Security chief David Veness indicated that the report might suddenly come out on October 8, we will cover it on this site.
Inner City Press: Yesterday in the General Assembly, the Indian Ambassador made a critique of this Annual Report that you had made about the work of the UN. He said it lacked vision, and it didn't address enough the financial crisis, and he specifically took issue with this idea that you have articulated about the Member States should be accountable to the UN. He said, on accountability, just to give you a chance to respond to that, first of all, where is the so-called accountability report about the bombing in Algiers? It is quite a bit late now; if you can say where that is?
Also, you yourself personally did a public financial disclosure, to your credit, but many of your senior officials did not. In fact, there is a recent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the UN that said that 172 people that were required to disclose did not, versus 34 in the previous year. So what is going to be the accountability there?
And finally, some of your senior officials have been saying that this idea that you have of forced mobility, of taking 20 percent from DPKO, they are saying that this might not be a good idea, that you might lose expertise. So what is your idea behind that, and how can it help the problems that you have been discussing today?
S-G Ban: I am glad that you have raised this very important reform, management reform agenda, while everybody seems to be interested and focusing on regional conflict issues. Accountability is a very important priority issue for me, as Secretary-General. I think, throughout this organization, including the Secretariat and Member States and all related organizations in the UN family, they should stand on the very firm and strict principle of accountability. You may remember that I had been speaking out on accountability. I termed it full accountability. When you think about accountability there is a tendency of asking [for] accountability [by] the Secretary-General or Secretariat, but I think as I said in my report to the 63rd session of the General Assembly on September 23rd, the Secretariat and the Secretary-General will always be fully accountable to the Member States. At the same time, Member States should also be accountable to the Organization, as said in the Charter. I went ahead by saying that, in more specifics, the Member States cannot continue just adopting resolutions and giving mandates to the Secretariat all the time without providing the necessary funding and troops and resources. This would be an impossible, impossible mission in such a case. Therefore Member States should be accountable to the Organization, and Member Sates should be accountable among themselves. Whatever they have committed, they should keep this promise. Now, coming back to the accountability of the Secretariat, I think I made great strides and progress in terms of accountability of senior advisers. This was the first time in the history of the United Nations that a Secretary-General has disclosed his financial assets, to which I hoped that the senior advisers would follow. At the beginning of my tenure last year, the progress was not impressive, but at the end of last year you will see the record, that most senior advisers, I think almost all, have submitted their financial disclosure [forms]. This is spreading [through] even lower ranks who are required to submit their financial declaration. This will continue. But accountability does not limit itself only to the financial declaration. This is just one small part. Whatever has been said and promised should be kept. That is part of accountability. Now, mobility, when I said I would like to have as a pilot, 20 percent, this is something which I set as an example. I have asked the Under-Secretary-General of Management to submit to me a pilot project to, first of all, to facilitate this mobility among the staff. I know that there is some resistance and reluctance among the staff. This is again new. But without mobility you cannot expect that our staff will be multi-functional, multi-skilled, and you cannot expect anybody who had been working in the same place for 10 years, 15 years, even 20 years - you cannot expect from those people any creativity or any motivation. They will just be doing their job as a daily routine. From a daily routine you cannot expect this Organization working under “business as usual” all the time. We really need some fresh wind, some impact on the motivation, just to make our staff more motivated. Then from motivation you have some creativity.
I begin every day as if this is my first day as Secretary-General. I hope that our staff will really do their job as if they are beginning their first day, all the time, every morning, when they come to the office, they should be able to come with a great sense of expectation and commitment. It's not like a 9 to 5. This is not what the international community expects from us. I need to meet the expectation of the international community, Member States, so you have my firm commitment.
Then, how to promote this mobility, this is a very difficult job - I know that - because of all the different conditions of services. That is why I have proposed to the General Assembly the proposals for harmonization of these conditions of services. It is different from the Secretariat to UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, Funds and Programmes and specialized agencies. Even the head of a mission abroad gets a minimum of 20 per cent less salary than his or her deputies when somebody comes from Funds or Programmes. This is again an unacceptable situation. I have been making this case to Member States. Let me have this harmonization of services of contract. We have all different types of contracts – therefore it is extremely difficult to have smooth mobility among 15 different contracts. I am not aware why this system has developed in this way. That is what I am going to change.
637 UNDP Staffers are Millionaires, and another 1041 UNDP staffers have enough salary (income) to justify million dollar homes in New York (or tri-state area NY/NJ/CT).
UN/UNDP's budgets are untransparent !
U.N. budget is “utterly opaque, untransparent and completely in the shadow” and would benefit from being consolidated and audited from the outside. MMB from NyTimes
JOSE RAMOS HORTA - PRESIDENT OF EAST TIMOR
‘‘You know how many layers of bureaucracy there are when the European Union wants to help East Timor? Well, they don’t provide the funds to us, the funds allocated are managed by world bank. And the world bank has its own layers of bureaucracy. And they charge for that. The project is then managed by UNDP. But UNDP is only good at doing studies, they don’t execute projects.’‘
Boutros Boutros-Ghali on UN:
"perhaps half of the UN work force does nothing useful"
Can Helen Clark be trusted on Climate Change ?
President Obama's answer to Helen Clark's appeal for US to do more on climate change was : "I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth that ... if the message is somehow, we're going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don't think anybody's gonna go for that," he said. "I won't go for that."
In 2011 Rami Makhlouf - a trusted development partner of UNDP in Syria
In 2008 U.S. Treasury designation: Rami Makhluf Designated for Benefiting from Syrian Corruption (Click on photo to see US Treasury page)
"Screwed" How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off
A full chapter (7) dedicated to UNDP and UN Secretariat. But it today at Amazon.com (click above picture)
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Asma al-Assad is UNDP's champion of reform in Syria
UNDP's special relations with dictators and terror is well documented. Yet, they continue to operate covered by UN Immunity. Click on immage for story.
Aicha Gaddafi You are Fired !
UNDP continues to be in bed with other dictators. Will clean it one at a time.
Where is NETAID money David Morrison?
UNDP Transparency Censored
UNDP's moto is: - eliminate the uncomfortable, frighten those who disagree, "educate" the perplexed..
UNDP Chief Finance Officer
The UNDP is a secretive organization and so far has kept in the dark every information related to its Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mr. Darshak Shah. Click on the picture for more on Finance Office of UNDP.
UNDP Belarus - best breast corner
Should tax-payers dollars be used to photograph beautiful breasts - even when making a valid point?
Uncle Helen turning UNDP into a cove of corrupt NZ labour politicians
CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE Chris Carter's latest Credit Card scandal - can he work at UNDP after that? It seems YES he is full tested!!
Helen Clark says: "No more cars"
Thinking about buying a new car this year? Why, you evil Westerner! You don’t need that. You are demanding your new car off the sweat, toil, and exploitation of the world’s poorest people in developing countries.
Eveline Herfkens belongs to Jail - she should return imemdiately Dutch Taxpayers money.
if anyone else would have done what Eveline Herfkens did, would have long been in jail. We denounce this impunity and demand justice.
Andrew Mitchell - says Helen Clark is up to no good!
1. UNDP’s partnership with the World Bank needs to be more effective, particularly in fragile and crisis-affected countries. 2. UNDP’s near universal mandate means its technical resources are spread very thinly. The Board does not provide strategic direction. HR management is weak. It has a weak results chain. 3. There is limited evidence of active senior management consideration of cost control. Country evidence points to mixed progress on demonstrating cost-efficiency. 4. The Executive Board is politicised and there is a lack of consensus on the key areas for reform. It is not clear that current plans for change will deliver the required depth and breadth of reform. 5. Evidence gathered at country level was highly critical of UNDP’s ability to deliver results. Its delivery can be undermined by staffing issues and bureaucratic processes. 6. Its performance in fragile states is mixed. It has reasonable training and a range of guidance and analytical tools but struggles to fill posts. 7. There is no evidence that the Climate Strategy was directly guiding resource allocation decisions
Mark Malloch Brown outraged over Aicha Gaddafi
“I hope she's not a UNDP Ambassador,” ...“I don't think it's UNDP. I was surprised when I saw that... she was an Ambassador to any part of the UN system.”
Travel Palestine - Rediscover Your Senses
Get ready to a sensual feast of ...sounds...scents of The Land of حماس Ḥamās Documentary sponsored by UNDP Funds (click on picture for video)
Helen Clark on UNDP's own corruption (Can she be trusted?)
“When funds intended for life-saving treatment and prevention are stolen, that theft is tantamount to murder.” CLICK ON PICTURE FOR MORE
Scandal in Rwanda with Human Development Report
Aurelien Agbenonci, UNDP's RR in Kigali accuses Khalid Malik of making up data without UNDP Rwanda's knowledge. Rwanda Government is unhappy !!!
H.E. Dirk Niebel - German Development Minister
"I take the accusations made in the media concerning corruption and breach of fiduciary duty at the Global Fund very seriously and I am sure that the Fund will clarify the matter without delay. Germany is one of the biggest donors to the Global Fund. I have therefore seen to it that a special review will be held. I have frozen all further disbursements to the Fund until matters have been fully clarified, and I will ask a representative of the Fund to come to the BMZ to discuss the matter."
US Amb. Joseph Torsella blows the whistle on UN budgets
U.N. Secretariat’s proposed $5.2 “regular” budget for 2012-2013, was “simply loosening our belt a little less than we originally planned.”
The U.N. Exposed
How the United Nations Sabotages America's Security and Fails the World (Click in picture to purchase the book)
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Helen Clark is watching you!
Gaddafi aint got nothing on UNDP - Click on the picture for more!
Malakia: A Turk advises Greece on Economy
Kemal Dervis (Turkish) and George Papandreou (Greek) share many late-night phone calls together (Click on picture to read story)
Where does Ban stand on Libya?
C'est vraiment ce que tu veux pour ta carriere?
United Nations Dispute Tribunal finds Ethics Office decisions Appealable
Because UNDT is the first level of the UN’s two-tiered justice system, there is a possibility that this decision may be appealed. Hopefully, the Secretary-General will not be “absurd” enough to do so. Click above to go to GAP page.
Andrew Mitchell Demands Transparency from United Nations
And I promise you as well that in future, when it comes to international development, we will want to see hard evidence of the impact your money makes. Not just dense and impenetrable budget lines but clear evidence of real effect
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki Moon supports Ethics Decision on UNDP North Korea
Question: He recommends strongly that UNDP pays 14 months back pay to the whistleblower. Does the Secretary-General stand behind that recommendation? Should UNDP in fact pay that money, or are they free to rebuff that recommendation? Spokesperson: We will see what is going to happen. The Secretary-General of course is behind Mr. Benson on his report. There is no doubt about it. What UNDP will do, we will be seeing this; how they will implement that report.
UNDP Watch is a grouping of United Nations Staff committed to openness. We believe that everyone has the right to access information held by United Nations.
Despite a stated commitment to openness, UNDP remain a highly secretive agency.
Although a wealth of information is available on some UNDP websites, its Executive Board operate behind closed doors, much important programme and administrative information is never made available and, as a rule, information that is disclosed is provided only after relevant decisions have effectively been taken.
While UNDP has adopted “internal policies” on information disclosure, they in fact operate on precisely the opposite presumption. For the most part, they list which documents will be disclosed and when, and there is a presumption against the disclosure of all the other information they hold. They do not establish right of access, the lists of documents subject to disclosure is limited, they do not set out clear and narrow grounds for refusing access and they do not provide for independent oversight mechanisms to ensure proper implementation of the policy.
The UNDP WATCH is calling for the complete overhaul of these policies.
"...We believe that without accountability, there is impunity. We ask that you (Secretary General) not be complicit in cover-up of what happened prior to 11 Dec attack. The staff is sick and tired of the impunity extended by the office of the Secretary-General to senior managers for their failings especially in situations where it has led to death and disability."