In UN Budget Committee, Poor
Versus Rich, 90 New Jobs, While Oracle Is Paid for Unused Licenses
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, December 22 -- As
budget committee's process moved into its eleventh hour for the
sleepless delegates assembled in Conference Room 4 for an expected
between poorer countries who want more UN jobs in the development
richer countries which balk at paying for it. The sign outside the
initially said "Closed," even those it is a formal plenary. Inner
City Press raised this to General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto
at 240 pm. At 3, the word "Closed" had been removed. Committee staff
cautioned against reading too much into it. "Someone had pushed the
button," one of them said.
The UN's head of Management Angela Kane, on her way
into the meeting,
said that the figure of 150 posts was simply one that had been in the
Secretary-General's report. We are hoping for consensus, she said,
she would appreciate positive noises, positive.
Delegates grumbled about working until four in the
morning, and still
not finishing the work. At Monday's UN noon briefing, Inner City Press
Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson two questions about the budget, including
Consumer Relations Management system, for which the UN bought but
did not use 30,000 licenses from Oracle for over $7.5 million, with $3
UN's new construction, while budget process is stuck
Mexico read a statement; G-77 introduced a new
resolution. France took the floor, for the European Union, and
Canada did too, urging that G-77 come back to negotiations. An informed
source told Inner City Press the real fight concerns the difference
between 80 or 90 new posts. We'll see.
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