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Into Next SG Race, Figueres from Costa Rica, Ng Case & Clark & Malcorra

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 -- As the UN and UNDP bribery scandal gathered force Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an audit by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services of the Global Sustainability Foundation (GSF), David Ng Lap Seng's Sun Kian Ip Group and its affiliates including the "World Harmony Foundation" and South South News, among others.

The now expanded case has implications for Helen Clark, head of UNDP running to replace Ban, and the also-running Susana Malcorra, formely Ban's chief of staff.

Now this, from Costa Rica: "On the 7th July, the President of Costa Rica will announce the nomination of Christiana Figueres as Costa Rica’s candidate for the position of United Nations Secretary General. The announcement will be made at an event in San Jose, Costa Rica." Inner City Press covered Figueres' successful 2010 race to head UNFCCC, and questioned her this year about Ban's Global Compact accepting in it coal companies. We'll have more on this. 

The UN Development Program began its own audit, which Inner City Press published here, and asked Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric for a press conference about.  Next SG candidate Helen Clark, having run UNDP for the last seven years, has not held a press conference on it.

Susana Malcorra, Ban's former chief of staff also vying for Next SG, in 2014 accept one of Ng Lap Seng's South South Awards. Inner City Press reported this back in October 2015 -- and was physically ousted from the UN in February 2016 (audio here), and its long time office evicted in April 2016 (video here).

The pretext for both was Inner City Press seeking to cover, in a UN Press Briefing Room event that even the UN says there was no written notice of being closed, Ng's links with press corps insiders: his entities bought inflated price seats and got face time with Ban Ki-moon.

The evicting UN official, Cristina Gallach, attended Ng's South South Awards in September 2015, and was found to have failed to do any due diligence of Ng's Global Sustainability Foundation before allowing it to sponsor the UN's slavery memorial. Gallach told UN Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of an "altercation" which never took place; the UN claims it has "no records" while Gallach told Nobel winner Jose Ramos Horta she has an "internal report" which Ban's spokesman Dujarric refuses to answer about.

With pretextually reduced access, Inner City Press nevertheless asked Malcorra about the Ng Lap Seng case. Malcorra tried to write it entirely off to holes in the PGA's office; now a ponderous profile of Malcorra doesn't even MENTION the Ng Lap Seng / John Ashe case, as the UN's ouster and eviction of the Press, Ng's table- and slavery memorial-buying and Gallach's lack of due diligence were not mentioned. Who's the insider? This is today's UN.

  But these questions must be asked and will be pursued.


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