"....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, March 12, 2009
UN's Ban on Capitol Hill Grilled about Reform, Praised as Hardworking, Darfur Raised
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
CAPITOL HILL, March 11 -- The UN's Ban Ki-moon, beginning his second day in the U.S. capital, swept with his entourage down a windowless hallway of the Rayburn Office Building to one of the conference rooms of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. He had met with the committee's chairman Howard Berman, but now faced Republicans including Ranking Member Illeana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Joe Wilson of South Carolina. On his way in to room 2255, Ban stopped and joked to Inner City Press, "You are accredited here too?"
The head of Ban's Department of Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe chided, "You'll have to shoot your White House source for yesterday, Myanmar wasn't mentioned." He may have misread the Inner City Press news analysis: the source spoke just before Ban's closed door meeting with Obama. No UN correspondent was allowed to the subsequent press availability, at which in any event there were no questions. The analysis was of how the Obama administration is changing its Myanmar policy based on lobbying from oil and gas firms.
While the House meeting, too, was closed-door, three Representatives emerged and spoke with the Press. Democrat Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts talked about a study he had commissioned from the GAO for the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight that he chairs, which concluded that supporting UN Peacekeeping is cheaper for the U.S., for example in Haiti, than the U.S. "doing it itself."
Rep. Delahunt was asked if Ban Ki-moon is viewed as an effective leader. "He is hard-working," Rep. Delahunt answered after a time. And his views are consistent with those of many members.
Rep. Joe Wilson added that Ban's visit to southern Israel, in a show of solidarity "about Hamas' rockets," was positively viewed. Rep. Wilson compared Ban favorably to Kofi Annan on this score. He said he'd raised to Ban "nuclear proliferation and Iran." Inner City Press asked him if North Korea had been raised.I should have raised that, Rep. Wilson said. One might have added Sri Lanka, as Wilson serves on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, and head UN Peacekeeper Alain Le Roy later told Inner City Press that the words Sri Lanka were not raised in the House meetings, nor with President Obama.
UN's Ban and President Obama -- Q&A not shown, but see below
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen took a decidedly different tack. She said that while Ban claimed to be moving on "transparency, accountability and reform... we all tend to raise our eyebrows when we hear this."
Inner City Press asked if whistleblower protections had arisen. Yes, I brought up the UN Development Program, she answered, Ban is going to select a new Administrator for UNDP who should be expected to improve UNDP's whistleblower protections and ethics programs.
Ironically, some now express concern that Ban may simply promote the current Associate Administrator Ad Melkert, who oversaw much of the retaliation against whistleblowers on which Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has spoken, as early as Thursday.
When Ban Ki-moon emerged, to his credit he stopped briefing to speak to the Press. On climate change, he said he is urging Senator John Kerry and Rep. Ed Markey to pass climate change, or cap and trade, legislation before the December conference in Copenhagen.
Inner City Press asked what Ban is urging the U.S. to go about the situation in Darfur, from which 13 large NGOs have been expelled. Ban cited President Obama's statements of the evening previous, then said with some passion that "humanitarian work has nothing to do with the ICC," the International Criminal Court, and that "we provide 1.2 million people with humanitarian assistance."
Ban was asked if he had, as Rep. Ros-Lehtinen had said, called the United States a "deadbeat." He indicted that he had used the word.Ros-Lehtinen had expressed anger at this, wondering why by contrast Ban is so diplomatic about human rights violators. The Myanmar situation again came to mind. But, to be clear, the word Myanmar was not uttered in either of Ban's meetings.
Ban's Spokesperson indicated that he had to go. His entourage, including his Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Kim Won-soo -- who was not listed as present in the previous day's pool report -- and the American Robert Orr, Lynn Pascoe and the chief of the UN Information Center in Washington Will Davis, hustled down a stairway to the waiting limousine and mini-bus.
Alain Le Roy trailed behind, answering questions to the end. He confirmed to Inner City Press that the issue of which bank UNRWA uses had been raised -- by Ros-Lehtinen -- and that Ban had said he would have to look into it. He confirmed that neither Sri Lanka nor Madagascar had come up, "unfortunately." He said that while the previous administration was in favor ofUN Peacekeeping mission in Somalia, the current one says it needs to study the issue. And then the bus and limousine sped off.
To some it appears that, under these Democrats, UN reform issues have fallen off the table. Even Ban's supporters, when asked about his effectiveness or charisma, answer only that he is hardworking -- which is undeniable.We'll have more on this.
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
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"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)
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.
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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)
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“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)
Share now information about illegal dealings at United Nations
If you are in possession of UNDP or any other United Nations Agency' contracts, correspondence, financial records or databases, which you believe detail wrongdoing such as fraud, mismanagement and abuse of authority, and you have failed to have UN's internal control, oversight and justice systems respond and/or react to your claims, you can send them to UNDP-WATCH and we will make them public keeping your identity anonymous and confidential.
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Helen Clark is watching you!
Gaddafi aint got nothing on UNDP - Click on the picture for more!
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C'est vraiment ce que tu veux pour ta carriere?
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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."