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In Corrupt UN of Guterres IFAD Blocks Staff From Helping Ukraine Refugees As Fleming Bans Press

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 14 – In the UN system corrupted by SG Antonio Guterres, the heads of UN agencies are even blocking their staff from seeking to assist Ukraine refugees. This comes after Guterres and his Department of Global Communications under Melissa Fleming told at least 25 UN officials to not call Ukraine a war. Then they lied about it, and continue to ban the Press that asked.   

 Now this: the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has blocked an attempt by its staff from providing financial assistance to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Italy from the Russian invasion of their country. The IFAD "Ethics" Committee in a Guterres-influenced statement told staff that "ETH understands that the IFAD Help Fund would like to “help the refugees that will be reaching Rome in the next days, as a result of the current military conflict in Ukraine”. To this end, the proposal would be to “collect essential goods to be given to one of the associations in Rome that will host these refugees (mainly women and children).

"In this respect, we wish to refer to the communication released by COM/ETH currently on the intranet in relation to the recent turn of events in Ukraine that may have triggered strong reactions  including the need to engage in charitable activities such as the one you propose on behalf of the IFAD Help Fund. Please note that IFAD Help Fund was created as an IFAD organ and therefore it is part of the organization.

"In order to protect the Fund’s independence and mission, ETH would advise that the activities you refer to, be undertaken by colleagues in your respective personal capacities as opposed to through the IFAD Help Fund. To this end, we encourage you to be mindful of the obligations set forth in the Code of Conduct to avoid any action and, in particular, any public pronouncement or personal gainful activity that would adversely or unfavorably reflect on your status as an IFAD staff or on the integrity, independence and impartiality required by this status."  "In addition, please bear in mind that participation in local community or civic activities must be consistent with your oath of service in IFAD and with IFAD’s Code of Conduct."      

As reported by Italian Insider (h/t), IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo evidently is hoping for Chinese and Russian support in his bid to jump ship and become Director general of the ILO in elections for the leadership of the Geneva-based organization this month. Against that background even local humanitarian assistance by staff to Ukrainian refugees in Rome is to be discouraged lest it irk Chinese or Russian officials.  

  In a statement on the impact of the Russian attack on Ukraine last week Houngbo, like his Chinese counterpart at FAO Qu Dongyu, stopped short of mentioning Russia or of referring to the war and invasion by Russian forces choosing to echo Guterres by talking euphemistically only about "military operations." A fish rots from the head.


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