UNDP Moved on 30,000 Boxes of Records
Mid-Investigation, Dervis' Successor Must Answer
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
January 17 -- Just after the sudden
departure announcement of its Administrator Kemal Dervis, the Iran-led
Executive Board of the UN Development Program is slated to meet this
New York. Dervis' tenure was steeped both in secrecy and controversy --
for Inner City Press' farewell to Dervis -- and these two come together
an emerging story the Board should be considering this week.
the midst of
the so-called Nemeth Committee's investigation into UNDP's dealings
Kim Jong-il government of North Korea, UNDP quietly sought bids to move
boxes of documents out of its headquarters to private locations until
2011. Inner City Press has obtained a copy of UNDP's "Terms of
Reference" and, beyond the prevalence of mis-spellings not usually
in such formal document, finds therein no argument about why wider UN
restrictions on document outsources are not complied with. Click here for the
this month, Inner City Press asked outgoing US Ambassador to the UN
Khalilzad a number of questions about unfinished reforms at the UN and
Khalilzad said that access to past audits remains a problem at UNDP,
claimed that "going forward," UNDP audits will be available on the
same terms as those of the UN Secretariat. We'll see.
Dervis speaks of Algiers bombing: a role in his
Mission also said that Ban Ki-moon would have preferred having a single
UN Ethics Office, the one run by the now-isolated Robert Benson,
UNDP. Why then shouldn't acceptance of
this desire of the UN Secretary General be a condition for nomination
succeed Dervis? There are Scandinavian names being thrown around, a
minister and others. Associate Administer Ad Melkert is said to have
disqualified himself. This will be a litmus test.
indicative of UNDP's lack of
transparency is the agency's role in the disappearance of the UN's
Niger, Canadian Robert Fowler. He was visiting a UNDP-funded,
gold mine in a remote region of Niger not related to his purported
There was reportedly a UNDP driver, but no security. The UNDP vehicle
its with doors open and lights on, cell phones still in the car. Inner
Press posted basic questions to UNDP's spokesman, who responded that
be no comments or information until the "denouement." That was more
than three weeks ago.
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