Pachauri Is Pushed to Disclose Deutsche Bank Payments, UK Libel
August 30 -- Faced with a recommendation that the
Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change finally institute
financial disclosure of conflicts of interest, IPCC chairman Rajendra
Pachauri belatedly told the Press on Monday that he now supports such
disclosure, which he had
resisted for months.
report of the
InterAcademy Council, delivered Monday to UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon, notes Pachauri's “service as an adviser to, and board
member for, for-profit energy companies.” Beyond those, Inner City
Press had asked Pachauri and Ban Ki-moon about how much Credit
Suisse, Deutsche Bank and others were paying for Pachauri's services,
to whom and for what -- neither provided answers.
City Press asked IAC chairman Harold Shapiro about the
recommendation, why it alludes to “confidential” financial
reports and discussions, and what benefit there could be to the IPCC
for it chairman to be working part time for profit making companies.
from Minute 26:21.
is a serious question not yet sufficiently thought through, noted
that the first issue is who would administer the disclosures, and
decide who to exclude on conflict grounds. He added that while not
explicitly addressed in the report, the Council's thinking what that
a strengthened Executive Director should be responsible.
accompanied by the IPCC Secretary and others, immediately held a
press conference to put their spin on the IAC report. Pachauri
claimed to have already been moving to strengthen the IPCC
Secretariat. Inner City Press asked about the IAC's proposal on
disclosure of conflict of interests. Video here,
from Minute 15:47.
agreed -- a bit strange, since he has been resisting disclosure for
months. In fact, while Inner City Press asked him again Monday to
describe the work he did for Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank and how
much they paid, and to whom, Pachauri did not answer this. Video
from Minute 22.
UN's Ban & Pachauri, disclosures on CS and
Deutsche Bank still not shown
at an apology by the UK Telegraph, for their statement that Pachauri
personally made millions. Pachauri said that the reporting had been
entirely “discredited.” Inner City Press pointed out that the
reporter asserted the apology was giving in to the “blackmail” of
system is something designed to give fair judgments,” Pachauri
replied, arguing that the apology discredited all of the reporting.
Ever heard of libel tourism to the UK?
key here is not
whether Pachauri directly took the money from the corporations, but
why he resisted disclosure, and whether it serves the IPCC for the
chair to have outside corporate work. Neither Shapiro nor Pachauri
could articulate any benefit. Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky later on Monday, but he said Ban had not yet
read the report. Watch this site.
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Finance, UN Dodges Air and Sea Tax, Ban Differs With
Envoy, Rudd in Wings?
13 -- The two co-chairs of the UN's High Level Advisory
Group on Climate Change Financing, the prime ministers of Ethiopia
and Norway, Tuesday vaguely summarized their Group's ideas to the
press. To Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg, Inner City Press asked if
taxes on aviation and shipping are being discussed.
“We have not agreed, there is not conclusions yet,
this is not the time for presenting any conclusion. But there are
many different possible sources. And of course, some of the possible
sources are related to international aviation, international
shipping. whether that is going to be included in the final report or
not, it is too early to say... that is all I can say today.”
asked Ban Ki-moon about the comment by his new envoy on the issue,
that a comprehensive agreement may not be reached in her lifetime. A
subtext are rumblings in the U.S. State Department that they would
have liked to put now deposed Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd in
the post, or that the UN now create a new climate change envoy
position for Rudd.
Ban and the co-chairs, answers on taxes and envoy not shown
answered, as transcribed by the UN:
my behalf. I do not normally speak for a person whom I have
nominated. I have not read exactly what she said, but I think that
she might have been trying to explain that the process would be quite
a difficult one. But just the reason that it is a difficult one does
not give us any reason to be disappointed or deterred. We have a
strong commitment to reach a globally binding agreement as soon as
possible and I am sure that we can achieve that goal. As I said, the
more we delay, the cost of inaction will be far, far greater than the
cost of action today.
I have been repeatedly saying and emphasizing. Therefore
this High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing is a very
good start and a very good initiative to make the comprehensive
process of negotiation move. This is a very important element,
aspect of complementing, reinforcing the negotiation process. And you
have our commitment. You see the commitment of these distinguished
Prime Ministers and world leaders.
allowed was directed to Mr. Ban, and concerned “occupied Kashmir.”
Ban declined to answer it. Inner City Press would have wanted to ask
Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi for this view of the bombings in Kampala. But
he was gone.
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Partners with Statoil Despite Oil Sands and Angola,
Indigenous and Weaver Hit Brazil on Dams
28 -- The UN picked Statoil as its poster child to
Wednesday launch the report of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's
Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. Inner City Press asked
Statoil CEO Helge Lund about his company's move to oil sands -- being
criticized this week by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
-- to drilling Marcellus shale, criticized for pollution, and
financial criticism for projects in Angola, Libya and Nigeria. Video here,
response to these specifics was to claim that Statoil is
"transparent, open," then to speak about carbon emissions.
But the critique of oil sands is not only about emissions, but the
destruction of the land and driving indigenous people off.
Statoil in for example Angola was a lack of transparency
and openness, working with local firms connected to government
Ban left his
press conference before any questions could be asked. But Inner City
Press asked Achim Steiner, recently re-appointed by Mr. Ban to head
UNEP, to explain what standards the UN applies and how it selects
companies to be on its podium.
are on the Advisory Committee in their personal
capacities. But Lars Josefsson the CEO of Vattenfall, a company moving
into fossil fuel development, bragged
that his membership on the UN
Committee reflects on Vattenfall's practices. Inner City Press has
raised this to a number of UN officials, including Ban's "global
goods" aide Bob Orr, but nothing has been done.
Statoil's Lund, at right, looks down as UN's Ban smiles
UN Global Compact, telling Inner City Press "you are more
familiar with it than most." But that has been without the
assistance or even consent of Compact leadership. Outside the most
recent Compact board meeting in New York, Compact director Georg Kell
told Inner City Press "you can't quote anyone here," or
even ask them questions.
Ban's Group of Friends on
Myanmar was meeting next door was Inner City Press able to ask if
there would be a Compact press availability. No, was the answer. What
was that, about openness and transparency?
people and the actress Signourey Weaver protected outside
Brazil's mission to the UN, against the Belo Monte dam. Fox News was
there -- incongruous, some said, until they remembered that Lulu is
thought to be a left leaning president -- as well as a slew of
photographers and paparazzi waiting for Ms. Weaver.
arrived an hour
late, but then spoke with conviction, how after the film Avatar
indigenous groups had contacted Avatar
director James Cameron. On
Saturday Cameron told the Press that in preparing the movie, he had
"read books" on indigenous beliefs. Now, he and Ms. Weaver
seem to be listening to the indigenous. Oh that this were true of
Statoil. Or of the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the
UN, at least on oil sands, for that matter.
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