Buy Support for Canadian Auditor, S. Africa Promised Other Top OIOS
27 -- When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last Friday
dumped a South African candidate in favor of a Canadan to head the
Office of Internal Oversight Services in the discordant wake of Inga
Britt Ahlenius leaving, several developing world countries cried
UN, the Ban Administration quickly moved to try to cut a deal. Ban
spokesman Martin Nesirky, Monday at noon, predicted “overwhelming”
support to confirm Ms. Lapoint.
administration official told Inner City Press that the vote would be
Wednesday, that the regional groups were right that “geographic
rotation” had been envisioned for OIOS, but that it just wasn't
possible this time.
Lapoint's nomination was put in the General Assembly agenda for the
next morning, Inner City Press was told by diplomatic sources that
the deal reached involves giving the other top OIOS post(s) “to a South
world was supposed to get the top spot, as one source put it, but
settled for the second fiddle. It has happened before.
But the irony
here is that Ban rejected Ahlenius favorite Robert Appleton in the
name of a competitive, transparent selection process. Now diplomatic
sources say the deputy job has been promised to a particular country
and group, non transparent, non competitive, quid pro quo. Not an
and the African Group might want to remember: when Ban selected
developed world Helen Clark to head UNDP, the deputy post was promised
to the African Group. Then it was given to a Costa Rican. Bait and
UN's Ban and two senior advisers, OIOS deal making not shown
July 26 UN
noon briefing transcript:
Friday evening, I was told by several people that
participated that there was a meeting between the Secretary-General
and regional groupings. This name that she’s referring to, Carman
Lapointe-Young, was raised. But the thing I really want to ask you,
because there seems some controversy about it, is that, one, did the
Secretary-General say he couldn’t find a qualified developing world
candidate and, two, does he disagree with some Member States,
including Venezuela and Cuba, that the understanding in forming OIOS
is that the directorship would alternate between developed and
developing world, and does he… this seems to be being raised. Does
he disagree with that? And if so, is it true that he couldn’t find
a qualified developing-world candidate?
I will be able to come back to you once we get a little
further down the road, I’ll be able to come back to you with more
on this. But what I can say is that, from the conversations so far,
there appears to be very strong, overwhelming support for the
candidate put forward by the Secretary-General. But, as I say, we’ll
come back to it in more detail at a later stage, I think.
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Down on Developed World for OIOS, Nambiar Spins to Staff
updated -- The UN Secretariat may be playing fast and loose
with applicable resolutions and Administrative Instructions as it
races to try to put behind it the controversy opened by the End of
Assignment Report by outgoing chief of the Office of Internal
Oversight Services Inga Britt Ahlenius, diplomats and UN staff say.
the night of July 23, Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon met with regional groups and told them he couldn't find a
qualified replacement for Ahlenius from the developing world, and so
he was going with a Canadian. The name of Carman Lapointe-Young is
being submitted to the General Assembly.
developing world countries are now saying that when OIOS was founded,
the top post was supposed to rotate between the developed and
developing world. So far it has been Germany, Singapore, Sweden --
and Canada? Even if Ban manages to ram his nomination of Carman
Lapointe-Young through the General Assembly, it will increase bad
feelings, and bad karma.
Lapointe-Young, click here
for a speech of hers on audits
letter from Ban's chief of staff Vijay Nambiar to OIOS staff,
to assuage them with assurances that Ban respects the “operational”
independence of OIOS. But in fact, applicable Administrative
Instructions show that Ban was supposed to appoint a OIOS review
panel which, once appointed, could confirm D-2 level staff like
Robert Appleton without Ban having a veto. This was never done, and Catherine
Pollard's lengthy answers last week did little to buttress
Click here for
Nambiar's letter to all UN
staff, forwarded to Inner City Press and
published here exclusively as a public service.
reception with the Press on Friday, but Inner City Press was
repeatedly told not to ask anything about the Ahlenius memo, and
didn't. Ban will appear more formally with the press on Monday at
5:30 p.m. -- it's hard to imagine these issues not arising them.
Watch this site.
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Ki-moon Switches from S. African to Canadian As New OIOS Chief,
Post-Ahlenius Rebellion Spreads, Sources Say
-- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, reeling
damning exit memo
of the outgoing head of the Office of Internal
Oversight Services, may now get himself in more troubling in naming a
City Press reported that the new head of OIOS was slated to be
an auditor from South Africa. This would conform to many member
states' understanding that developed and developing countries would
alternate atop the OIOS: Karl Paschke of Germany, then Dileep Nair of
Singapore, then Inga Britt Ahlenius of Sweden. The next was slated to
be from South Africa.
sources tell Inner City Press that on July 23, after facing questions
for a week about his interactions with OIOS, Ban told regional
groupings that instead of the South Africa, he would be appointing a
among developing countries. It comes against the backdrop of
ad hoc meetings to “revitalize the General Assembly” which are
discussing requiring Ban Ki-moon to come before the GA to seek his
second term, and not only the Security Council.
UN's Ban and auditors 2008, Canadian and Dag under
Fire not shown
“Selection of the Secretary General,” the draft
“takes note of the views expressed at the Ad Hoc Working Group at
the 64th session and bearing in mind the provisions of Article 97 of
the Charter, emphasizes the need for the process of selection of the
Secretary General to be inclusive of all Member States and to be made
more transparent.. including through presentation of candidates for
the position of the Secretary General in an informal plenary of the
draft of this pending paragraph reads as follows:
Affirms its commitment to continuing its consideration of the
revitalization of the General Assembly's role in the selection and
appointment of the Secretary General, including through (encouraging
(Algeria / NAM: delete and add 'the') Russian Federation: retain)
presentation of candidates for the position of Secretary General in
an informal plenary of the General Assembly before the Security
Council considers the matter (Russian Federation); Russian
Federation: bracket entire para.”
formal presentation of candidatures for the
position of the Secretary General in a manner than allows sufficient
time for interaction with member states, and requests candidates to
present their views to all Member States of the General Assembly
(Belgium / EU, US & Russia) (Algeria / NAM supports Islamic
Republic of Iran proposal of retaining as OP 10 bis).”
Council, placating or giving patronage to the five Permanent Members
would be enough to gain the second term. But if the GA and regional
grouping get involved, Ban's snubs like that of Africa for the deputy
post in the UN Development Program, and the devaluation of the Office
of the Special Adviser on Africa, could come back to haunt Ban. Watch
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footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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