"....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
Friday, March 4, 2011
Why Would the U.S. Ever Count On the U.N. to Help Fix the Libya Mess?
Washington’s inability to act decisively when foreign developments pose great risk and opportunity is again on prominent display. Reprising the philosophy of his former chief of staffRahm Emanuel that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” President Obama has used the uprising in Libya to ride to the rescue of the corrupt and anti-American United Nations, rather than provide practical assistance to Libyan democrats. For their part, Beltway Republicans have done no better.
After no fewer than 10 days of protests in Libya, it took Mr. Obama until last Saturday to finally get around to taking the side of pro-democracy forces and against the dictator—the first time he has done so in the series of uprisings during his presidency.
But subsequent steps taken cannot feasibly help pro-democracy rebels in a relevant timeframe. Instead, President Obama appears to be indulging his instinctive dislike of American influence abroad.
The centerpiece of the White House response has been a U.N. Security Council resolution prohibiting arms sales to Libya. But this cannot possibly help rebels in the near term, when their fate is likely to be decided. Furthermore the governments that supply arms to regimes like Qaddafi’s ignore U.N. resolutions without consequence.
Instead what is likely at work is a doubling down, to use Obama parlance, on the administration’s new plan to subsume U.S. security beneath the U.N.
Last month, before the Libya crisis began, Mr. Obama’s ambassador the U.N., Susan Rice, began travelling the country defending the international organization saying that “Now more than ever, we need common responses to global problems.”
Given her positions, what that realistically means is turning U.S. security over to the U.N. and forcing the U.S. to act in the world only with a permission slip from the corrupt and repressive governments that dominate the U.N.
This also explains the president’s dispatch of Secretary of State Clinton to Geneva earlier this week to address the U.N. Human Rights Council. How a diplomatic gathering that includes dictatorships like China, Saudi Arabia and Cuba will provide any practical help to people fighting for freedom is left unexplained.
However, working through the Council is the opposite of working with fellow democracies that share our values, and is therefore virtuous to Mr. Obama and others on the left.
For their part, the Republican-leaning provinces of the Washington foreign policy establishment have done little better.
Some backed the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya. That would incur all of the downside of open-ended military intervention without dramatically shifting the strategic equation in favor of rebels. The idea was demolished on Wednesday by head of Central Command General James Mattis who cautioned that “[i]t wouldn’t simply be telling people not to fly airplanes” and would be “an extraordinarily complex operation to set up.” Defense Secretary Gates went even further, "Let's just call a spade a spade," he declared. "A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya."
Had the shadow-boxing Beltway Republicans -- who pitched the idea -- considered that our last no-fly zone in the Middle East—covering portions of Iraq from 1991-2003—consumed massive military resources while largely failing, they may not have needed a four-star general to tell them war is complex and might warrant slightly more consideration prior to seeking one.
Given this intellectual laziness and doctrinaire thinking, it is no wonder President Obama has had little trouble accomplishing such recent foreign policy feats as rounding up 71 Senate votes for a sweetheart treaty (aka New START) that handed Russia a strategic advantage for nothing in return. Pro-democracy protestors around the world who hope for American leadership never had a chance.
What could the U.S. do instead? Realistically, the success or failure of the Libyan revolution falls in the middle area between something that matters little to U.S. national security and something that poses so much risk or opportunity as to warrant the immediate use of force. It calls for action given the potential benefits of toppling Qaddafi, but does not necessitate or justify going to war.
Instead, the U.S could wage political warfare in Libya and elsewhere, which involves using largely non-violent means to pressure regimes we loathe without combat.
In the example of Libya, political warfare could partially include creating an “open window” of communications tools and content so free Libyans can reach those still under Qaddafi’s control, and dissuade those still on his side. Like all dictators, Qaddafi tries to restrict and distortinformation to preserve his rule. Information can provide repressed people with hope and democracy activists with tools to lead movements. This can be as simple as using civilian and military assets to provide radio, satellite and internet communications that are independent of the mechanisms the regime can control.
Successful political warfare also requires being clear about what you are for and what you are against. Across the Middle East, we should work overtly and covertly to undermine Islamists and empower democrats.
To do this effectively, the White House or Congress would have to pass over several Washington bureaucracies.
Our $80-billion-a-year intelligence community failed to predict these revolutions or even detect the massive number of Middle Easterners who favor democracy and have taken to the streets to seek it. The titular head of the intelligence community, James Clapper, did not even know the people in Egypt who helped invent modern Islamism were Islamist.
Similarly, NGOs funded by Congress to advance freedom, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, excel more today at balancing teacups than helping frontline dissidents. New civilian tools can be fielded—ideally with Americans of Middle Eastern descent at the lead.
As a nation, the United States should demonstrate that we have the confidence and moral courage to lead and not be afraid to espouse American freedom. -- This is another essential part of political warfare. Even as we talk, out of necessity, with tyrannical governments, like Iranand China, we should make clear that we favor their replacement. In this, we would be followingRonald Reagan’s example with the Soviet Union.
Last but not least, we should not fear acting unilaterally or only in conjunction with our close democratic allies. That is far more likely to advance U.S. security than anything pursued through the corrupt, ineffective United Nations.
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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"
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In 2011 Rami Makhlouf - a trusted development partner of UNDP in Syria
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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 !
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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?
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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.”
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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
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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."
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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
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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.
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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
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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."