UN's Hiring from Permanent Five Grows, China by 8%, US by 134
Jobs, Japan Slower While Others
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 22 -- The number of staffers employed
by the UN
from the 15 member states on the Security Council continued to rise in
even as the global financial crisis set in and Ban Ki-moon appeared to
cost-cutting. The just-published List of Staff,
confidential but obtained by Inner City Press, compared to the
shows that the number of U.S. nationals employed by the UN rose 134, of
percent, between mid-2007 and mid-2008. France rose by 44 jobs, or
3.8%. The UK
gained 27 posts, 3.6%. Russia rose by 11, or 2.4%.
the sharpest percentage increase of the Council's Permanent Five
eight percent, but this constituted only 27 jobs, as China began with
fewest of the so-called P-5. UN insiders tied China's eight percent
Chinese national Sha Zukang taking the reigns at the Department of
Social Affairs, which the Group of 77 and China is now trying to
Two non-permanent Security Council members
saw their number of staff members decrease, Indonesia and Belgium,
Vietnam and Libya stayed the same, at eight and four posts in both 2007
2008, respectively. Italy, on the other hand, rose from 390 to 417
having more jobs in both periods than much more populous China, and
UN's Ban and staff: through often withheld
List of Staff, patterns emerge
Japan, the second-largest contributor to the
UN budget, rose by 3.4% from 237 to 245 positions. Rising faster were
422 to 450, and Canada, from 550 to 598 (8.7%). Australia grew even
rapidly, at an eighteen percent clip, from 245 to 289.
the Group of
77 Brazil and Egypt, currently proposing many more jobs for the UN's
of Economic and Society Affairs, themselves had only 135 and 164 posts,
respectively. Incoming Security Council member Turkey declined from 51
50. Other decliners included Iceland, from 16 to 13, and Greece, from
56 to 52.
The pattern that emerges from the data is
that the UN's employment of nationals of the Security Council's
members continues to rise, even as posts for some of the Council's
non-permanent members declines. Whether this is because the P-5
the jobs, or those who do the UN's hiring see the value of pleasing the
System's most powerful countries, cannot be determined from the data.
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