Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ban Ki Moon under major pressure from top-5 donor nations - promises substantial Staff cuts and hiring freeze

Sources of UNDPWATCH report that Ban Ki Moon and his entourage faced a fierce criticism from some top donor governments this Monday afternoon. Powerful leaders pressured Ban Ki Moon and demanded that he keep the promises he made before swearing in for his 2nd term.

As reported one UN Member nation, who pays close to 7% of UN bills, reminded Ban Ki Moon that: - "it could be easier than the Palestine vote -- to change a Secretary General", if his team will not deliver in substantial costs reductions across UN universe.

We are told that Team Ban, has immediately put forward some "proposals" among which are:

- No promotion for all D (level) and above;
- Freeze of all hiring across UN and Funds and Programmes until a review of structures is undertaken;
- Bring all UN Funds and Programmes under One Treasury Functions;
- Restructure all UN Trust Funds;

Team Ban has complained that they are finding tough resistance from various UN Funds and Programmes in changing the way they work. Many of them bring up legal barriers and claim independence from UN Secretary General, thus opting out of any drastic changes.

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