UN Amid Backsliding Heads to
Poznan, WMO in Chaos, UN Safety Saga Goes Without Update
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 4 -- The coming year
"will be the year of climate change," the UN's self-described
"resident America" Robert Orr told the Press on Wednesday. While he
seemed to mean the year of combating global warming, other heard it as
prediction that the climate would more dramatically change in the next
months. Given the diminished expectations for the upcoming Poznan
in light of the financial crisis and various European Union nations'
backsliding on their previous positions, the environment seems to be
backseat, at least for now.
The UN and
its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon however, Orr and his colleague Janos
insisted, are taking a leading role in rallying the world to get
passed out a pamphlet on recycled paper entitled "Acting on Climate
Change: The UN System Delivering as One." Throughout the pamphlet, the
word of the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is extolled in
climate prediction and capacity building. But when Inner City Press
to comment on the Joint
Inspection Unit's damning audit of the WMO, which
criticizes the Organization for its lack of coordination, Pasztor said
not the Secretariat's or even the the Chief Executive Board's problem.
Coordination between UN agencies does not involve improving the agencies' internal coordination. Video
from Minute 17:29.
the buzzword about "delivering as one" and "systemwide
coherence," the UN system is still a patchwork of fiefdoms with no one,
least of all Ban, actually in charge. Ban and his malaria envoy Ray
have still declined to comment on the leakage into for profit sales of
system medicine distributed by UNICEF in Sierra Leone, for example,
the theory that UNICEF is its own fiefdom with its own "resident
American," Ann Veneman.
predicting that with the new Administration
taking power in Washington, both of these these two Americans may be
one to be replaced, the other to be recruited. Based on party
which is which should be quite clear.
UN's Ban and Orr in St. Louis, next stop
Poznan, WMO audit and Algiers follow-though not shown
Press asked Orr one question as a representative of the Executive
Office of the
Secretary General. Next week will be the one-year anniversary of the
attack on the UN in Algiers. Six months
ago, David Veness said he was resigning but he still remains in his
post. There was this panel for
accountability. Has anyone
been held accountable? Where does it stand on Mr. Veness' resignation,
six month ago? Is there any update?" Video here
from Minute 27.
smiling when you mentioned the EOSG," Orr said, "guessing what it was
going to be. I guessed wrong. I won't tell you what I guessed, but I
wrong. Honestly, I am not part of that discussion. I can pass your
along and maybe you'll get an answer."
could Orr have been thinking of -- the scandal
at the Office of Internal
Oversight Services? Ban's delay
in Administration of Justice?
On that, Wednesday
afternoon saw another
resignation from the UN's Joint Appeals Board -- click here for the
paragraph letter, which was sent to Ban Ki-moon and then the other
The chickens are coming home to roost. And the German Mission,
the behest of the head of the Department of Management, is asking for a
ceasefire. To come full circule, how about emissions reductions,
on hot air?
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