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At UN, Ban's Bid to Upgrade Corporate Orr to USG Denied by ACABQ

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 -- The "five year mobility" rule of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been kind to his closest advisers, who have moved for example from Deputy Chief of Staff to Change Management.

  Robert Orr, sources say, resisted leaving his office on "Global Goods," but was shifted to something of a made-up position called public private partnerships.

  The idea is he will be funded by "extra budgetary resources." Some wonder if he'll wear corporate logos like a NASCAR driver. He has already provided a vituperative defense of the chair of Bank of America, the number one funder of mountain top removal coal mining, co-chairing Ban's Sustainable Energy for All.

  But whatever the ethics of funding a UN post from outside, Orr wanted and wants to be upgraded from Assistant Secretary General to Under Secretary General. This should have been rejected inside Ban's office. But it wasn't.

  Instead, the request to upgrade was made to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, ACABQ. Inner City Press wrote about this on May 21, finding some in ACABQ shocked that the request was even being made.

  It is understood that ACABQ interviewed Amir Dossal, who previously did the partnerships job, at the D2 level. After that and other interviews, today ACABQ ruled that Orr's post should NOT be upgraded to USG.

Again, Ban should never have even asked for it. And the UN should be more transparent: when Inner City Press asked if the UN Global Compact is or would be under Orr, the question was not answered.

  Now, the speculation is, Orr will really want the new Counter-Terrorism Coordinator post, over Mike Smith who is essentially already doing it. "It's all about the USG status," a source said, with a shake of the head. This is Ban's UN. Watch this site.

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