As UNDP's Kemal Dervis Dodges on Dome-Gate and Spain's
Development Aid, Will Doha Conference Be
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 24 -- In the run-up to the
Doha meeting on financing for development, the UN Development Program's
Administrator Kemal Dervis was asked what should have been a simple
question, about Spain's
use of its international cooperation and development
aid budget for a $25 million dome at the UN in Geneva. Inner City
Dervis, is that an appropriate use of development aid, in this time of
"I was told that you might be asking
that question," Dervis said. But then, instead of answering, he said "I
don't have the details," but wanted to take the opportunity to "pay
tribute to Spain." Video here.
If some of the too-few funds available for the
Millennium Development Goals can be spent on lavish rooms and the UN
Development Program has nothing to say, the UN should not pretend to be
survived when the MDGs are missed.
asked if any countries have curtailed their aid because of the global
crisis. Dervis said no, which means either he is not paying attention,
worse. Iceland has already publicly said it is cutting the aid it had
other UN agencies have publicly named Italy as cutting back its aid.
says he hasn't heard.
for Development Review Conference upcoming in Doha threatens to be a
heads of the IMF and World Bank have decided not to go. Dervis claimed
only because of their busy schedules. But the Group
of 77 has threatened to
walk out of the Doha meeting, and no text has been agreed to.
multiple parents, but failure is usually an orphan.
UNDP's Dervis with UN's Jomo K.S., $25 million ceiling not shown
Inner City Press asked Oscar
de Rojas, Executive Secretary of the Conference, about the threats. "I
think anyone is going to walk out," he answered, after acknowledging
no agreement on a text has been reached.
evasion, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, the UN's Assistant Secretary-General
Development, told Inner City Press that this is one of the sticking
to to expect any breakthrough in Doha. No wonder the IMF and World Bank
want to fly to the Gulf. Some joke that the head of the World Trade
Organization is only going because he thought Doha meant the Doha round
trade talks. Whatever it takes...
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