Monday, October 31, 2011

Zuccoti Park: Speech of Under-Secretary-General Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals

Mr. Jeffrey Sachs (United States of America)

Under-Secretary-General Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General

on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the UN Millennium Project

Shedding light into the dark labyrinths of Chief Finance Officer of UNDP (What Helen Clark doesn't want you to know)

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Curriculum Vitae of the Chief Finance Officer of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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. If anyone would dare to search the main website of UNDP for "Darshak Shah" will get the following message:

UNDP has no public website on its Bureau of Management, contrary to the corporate disclosure and transparency policies it claims to follow.

Given the failure of UNDP Management to disclose the activities of the Bureau of Management and its Chief Finance Officer, the UNDP WATCH will publish a serious of documents which will shed some light into the secrets of the most powerful man in UNDP's cupola:

Darshak Shah

ResidenceNew York, USA
Agency and Department or OfficeDeputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Director and Chief Finance Officer, Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Educational Background
Year of GraduationName of SchoolDegree
1987Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Great BritainFellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Great Britain (FCCA)

United Nations Service
Start date/ end dateCompanyPosition Held
October 2008 – PresentUNDPDeputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Director and Chief Finance Officer, Bureau of Management
June 2005 – October 2008UNDPComptroller and Director, Office of Finance and Administration
March 2001- May 2005UNDPComptroller, Bureau of Management
July 1997 – August 1998UNDPSenior Resource Planning Advisor, Division of Resource Planning and Co-ordination (DPRC)
May 1995 – June 1997UNDPSenior Finance Advisor for Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC)
May 1992 – April 1995UNDPManager of Financial Reporting, Accounts Section, Division of Finance
August 1990 – April 1992UNDPManager of Assets Control and Trust Funds Unit (ACFTU), Accounts Section, Division of Finance

Non-UN Experience
Start date/ end dateCompanyPosition Held
September 1998 – February 2001Neumann GruppeDe facto functions of a Regional Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
October 1989 – July 1990Trade Bank and Lima Finance, KenyaGroup Financial Controller
December 1987 – September 1989Trade Bank and Lima Finance, KenyaFinancial Controller
August 1982 – November 1987Bellhouse Mwangi Ernst & Young, KenyaSemi-Senior Audit Clerk to Audit Supervisor/Junior Manager

Experience/Qualifications relevant to candidacy
I have significant experience in dealing with strategic direction and management of organizations, but also comprehensive knowledge of effective internal controls and appropriate measures that need to be put in place to mitigate risk. My work experience as a member of the UNFCU Credit Committee, a comptroller in a bank to CFO of a multilateral organization, UNDP and my significant managerial experience are an attestation of my effective leadership and management style. UNFCU has been a very valuable partner with whom I have worked closely to foster a working relationship and continued provision of support to staff.

Personal Statement
UNFCU provides services to UNDP staff in many locations where banking services would otherwise be extremely complicated to have. I believe that I can play a part in furthering support to our staff that requires support from UNFCU that already gives them so much. The Credit Union is run in a highly professional manner; this resonates in the manner in which I have managed my portfolio, and hence I feel I would be able to add value in providing appropriate advice on the fiscal and risk elements of UNFCU while sustaining the level of service provided to its members.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In Bosnia, A Difficult Childhood for World's 'Baby Six Billion'

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UN Development
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UNDP will have to distribute DFID/UK foreign aid based on "who is Gay and who is not"! David Cameron says: "no aid to anti-gay nations"

Iran and Syria's in question?

Cameron threat to dock some UK aid to anti-gay nations

David Cameron has threatened to withhold UK aid from governments that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality.

The UK prime minister said he raised the issue with some of the states involved at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia.

Human rights reform in the Commonwealth was one issue that leaders failed to reach agreement on at the summit.

Mr Cameron says those receiving UK aid should "adhere to proper human rights".

Ending the bans on homosexuality was one of the recommendations of an internal report into the future relevance of the Commonwealth.

Mr Cameron's threat applies only to one type of bilateral aid known as general budget support, and would not reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country.

Malawi has already had some of its budget support suspended over concerns about its attitude to gay rights. Concerns have also been raised with the governments of Uganda and Ghana.

British empire

Mr Cameron told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show that "British aid should have more strings attached".

But he conceded that countries could not change immediately, and cautioned that there would be a "journey".

"This is an issue where we are pushing for movement, we are prepared to put some money behind what we believe. But I'm afraid that you can't expect countries to change overnight.

"Britain is one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights.

"We are saying that is one of the things that determines our aid policy, and there have been particularly bad examples where we have taken action."

Mr Cameron said he had spoken with "a number of African countries" and that more pressure had been applied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who deputised for him during parts of the summit.

Some 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws banning homosexuality. Many of these laws are a legacy of British Empire laws.

The discussion in the Ugandan parliament of an anti-homosexuality bill in 2009 sparked particular controversy, and earlier this year Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was beaten to death in a suspected hate crime.

Nigeria's Senate is currently discussing a bill banning same-sex marriage, that includes penalties for anyone witnessing or aiding a same-sex marriage.

A spokesman for the Department for International Development said that budget support, which accounts for about 5% of the UK's annual aid budget of £7.46bn, is conditional direct assistance to governments. To qualify, recipients must adhere to rules on poverty reduction, respect of human rights, good governance and domestic accountability.

Malawi recently had £19m of budget support suspended following various infractions including poor progress on human rights and media freedoms and concern over the government's approach to gay rights, the DfID spokesman said.

Reacting to the news, Uganda Radio Network journalist, Charles Odongpho, said he was puzzled by the move.

"I welcome any move to pressure our government to be respectful of democratic values and human rights but speaking as a Ugandan I think we have much more important issues to deal with than the rights of homosexuals.

"This is your money and you know where you want to put it but we face very serious issues of corruption, poverty, education and hunger. These are the most critical issues for us, not homosexual rights."

Appointing a human rights commissioner to address this and other human rights issues was one of the 100-plus recommendations of the internal report, by the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, which includes former UK foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

However, objections from a number of countries blocked adoption of the recommendation, according to Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard, speaking at the end of the three-day summit in Western Australia.

Besides the homosexuality rights issue, Sri Lanka's human rights conduct also came under scrutiny at the summit. The country will host the next head of government's meeting in two years' time.

Sri Lanka's army has been accused of war crimes during the civil war with the Tamil Tigers.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he will boycott the 2013 summit unless there are major reforms in the country.

Succession question

In earlier comments, Mr Cameron said there had to be a "proper, independent exercise to look into the whole issue of what happened, and whether there were war crimes, and who is responsible" in Sri Lanka.

BBC correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the summit had been seen as a "watershed" for the organisation as it "struggles to demonstrate its relevance, particularly on human rights".

Though the summit agreed to draw up a written charter and strengthen its ministerial action group, our correspondent said the outcome will be viewed by many "as a disappointing one and an opportunity missed".

Two other developments came from the summit - a reform of royal succession and action on polio.

It was agreed that sons and daughters of any future UK monarch would have equal right to the throne. They will also be allowed to marry Roman Catholics without giving up a claim to the throne.

The move was agreed by the 15 Commonwealth realms where the monarch is head of state.

And Mr Cameron joined the leaders of Canada, Australia and Nigeria, in committing tens of millions of pounds towards eradicating polio in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The campaign will be supported financially by Microsoft magnate Bill Gates.