Thursday, April 7, 2011

While UN in deep financial crisis - Ban Ki-moon and his "generals" not keen in cutting back their fat

Looming Financial Crisis Forces U.N. to Mull Less-Than-Radical Cutbacks

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By George Russell

Published April 06, 2011


Top executives of the United Nations, facing a looming financial crisis caused by their ever-expanding agenda, have come up with some less-than-radical ideas about how to save money --including telling more U.N. staffers they have to fly coach.

From the New York-based Secretariat to such little-known outfits as the International Civil Aviation Authority, managers of various U.N. agencies have tossed out cost-saving ideas like a hiring freeze and actual, if unspecified, reductions in the U.N.’s dense array of upper-middle managers and their support staff.

Other suggestions seemed highly unlikely to be accomplished in a short time, if at all, including the notion of new mergers within the sprawling bureaucracy to “form more coherent and strengthened entities” in the name of efficiency.

A copy of the suggested quick-fix changes was obtained by Fox News. They were considered by the CEOs of 28 U.N. agencies at a two-day closed door meeting in Nairobi, which ended April 2. How many of the suggestions were actually adopted is not known.

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The Nairobi meeting of the U.N.’s Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together the heads of 28 U.N. organizations worldwide under the chairmanship of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, was focused on belt-tightening because the top bosses face the likelihood that many of the wealthy nations that provide most of their cash are likely to cut back soon.

The government of Britain was the first to deliver that message last month, when its ministry for international development announced it would cut off four minor U.N. organizations entirely from funding at the end of next year, and put others on warning that they would face the same fate if they did not improve performance. Other generous U.N. funders, like Norway, have started financial reviews that could lead to similar results.

Then there is Japan, which faces huge and still escalating costs for recovery from its treble disaster of earthquakes, tsunami and damaged nuclear reactors. Japan is the second largest donor, after the U.S., for the U.N. Secretariat budget, and pays generously for a wide variety of other U.N. agencies.

One country that has not yet taken the austerity approach is the U.S., which provides at least $6.4 billion for the U.N., according to U.S. government compilations.

What most of the suggestions sent to the Nairobi meeting reveal is that despite years of a widely-touted effort to “deliver as one” united organization in its humanitarian and other efforts, the U.N. is still a widely disparate array of uncoordinated bureaucracies, ranging from such giants as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Food Program, to such relative backwaters as the International Labor Organization and the International Maritime Organization.

They do not use the same rules and procedures for buying goods and services, often fail to use modernized record keeping, and have not harmonized such sensitive -- and possibly money-saving -- activities as how they manage their cash.

In an organization that spends an estimated $1.1 billion annually on travel, many of the suggestions provided to the Nairobi meeting sound embarrassingly rudimentary: “taking advantage of restricted fares,” for example, and “reduced late booking travel.”

Among other things, the top executives were given suggestions that they could cut the U.N.’s $3 billion procurement bill by creating joint logistics services and centralizing their communications technology across agency lines.

They also call for “intensification of audits of operations at country, regional and global level,” which would reinforce “the sense of fiscal discipline, responsibility and cost consciousness.” The suggestion does not note, though another systemwide U.N. study does, that U.N. auditors are already over-stretched, under-qualified for their work, and often impeded and ignored by their bosses.

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None of the ideas presented to the Nairobi meeting included a drastic change in the ramshackle way the U.N. system itself has grown in the past six decades. Notably, nothing in the suggestions addresses the inefficiency of having 28 international funds, agencies, programs, regulatory agencies and other major global bureaucracies in the first place, many with overlapping and competing mandates for their activities, especially in such rapidly expanding areas as environmentalism.

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Changes in that overall bureaucratic challenge likely are beyond the pay-grades of even the top-most U.N. executives -- not to mention, perhaps that the changes might not be in their personal or bureaucratic interest.

George Russell is executive editor of Fox News.


Anonymous said...

Let us break the U.N. and demand they give us back the $180 million that they are holding!! You all know we could use the money.

Anonymous said...

filthy un, useless corrupt org supported by american liberals

Anonymous said...

I'll tell ya -- I don't know how UN staff is going to fly coach and mix with the unwashed. Just the thought of those brave, determined diplomats having to slum like that sends shivers down my spine!

Anonymous said...

Where are the libs? I thought they would be here supporting their favorite "World Community" organization. Must not be any Soros overtime money available this week.

Anonymous said...

I think the UN should close its doors, pack up all of the anti American personnel that work there after they pay off their unpaid parking tickets and NYC taxes and withdraw from the UN: Result a total savings of 6 billion dollars for the American taxpayer, money for NYC and a new Condo development site for Donald Trump ...priceless

Anonymous said...

i think we have funded the UN long enough let the rest of the world fund it. let them live in bejing or moscow instead of new york. the UN the biggest anti AMERICAN group that exists. and we pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Here is a suggestion, for the UN to save money, disband and go home to your own country, it is a worthless leach, drawing blood money from all nations and their taxpayers

Anonymous said...

I have advocated for the US to remove itself from and de-fund the UN for more than 20 years... I'm glad to see there are more people than ever watching them, and seeing what a bunch of rotten bureaucrats, despots, and theives are running the organization -and I use the word "organization" loosely. I encourage anyone who reads this post to contact your senators and representatives to tell them you don't want one red cent of your tax dollars to go to this organization. Get us out of the UN!

Anonymous said...

I have a plan. Let's buy everyone in the UN a first class ticket -- one way out of the US.

Anonymous said...

The U.N. is George Soros's desired world government--a communistic totalitarian oligarchy as corrupt and hedonistic as any in human history.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, travel in less than first class? The UN is a useless entity. This is a true example of corruption in full view! This is as sleazy an operation as there is.

Anonymous said...

The UN and its workers have squandered all the money given to them by every country. They have wasted, stolen or misappropriated every last dime. The US donates over $6 billion dollars each year and for what? Some low life third world dictator can come here and rip us a new one once a year? I say withdraw from the UN. They are nothing without the US and our money. Shut them down and kick them out of NY

Anonymous said...

Once we stop funding these crooks, I could care less about how they fly.... but since the US props up the majority of their budget they will probably only fly if they can flap their arms REAL fast......

Time to quit the UN and toss them out on their heads.