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Top UN DPI Spot Said Slated for Greek Lambrinidis, Orr's USG Quest to ACABQ?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, May 21 -- For one of the few UN Under Secretary General seats remaining open, as head of the Department of Public Information, the leading named final candidate is former Greek foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis, sources tell Inner City Press.

  Previously Inner City Press learned and reported on May 3 that when a developing world Permanent Representative inquired about the post with the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he was told that "DPI will now be a European post," and that the finalists were Italian, Austrian and Greek.

  Despite or because of Greece's financial problems, Lambrinidis has emerged as the named frontrunner.

  If as is possible a Brazilian from the World Bank system gets the Department of Social and Economic Development, and China takes the top of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management and an Assistant Secretary General spot at DESA, sub Saharan Africa will have been further under-served by Ban Ki-moon, especially when Ban's Deputy is replaced by the Swede Jan Eliasson at the end of June when school lets out.

There had been some discussion of American Bob Orr shifting to DPI -- he is known to what to use Ban's mobility or rotation exercise to move up from ASG to USG -- but now it seems the plan is to try to upgrade his public private partnership post, which was at the D-2 level under Amir Dossal, to USG.

Inner City Press is told that even if "extra budgetary resources" are used, this upgrade will still have to go through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and that there could be resistance. Watch this site.

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