UNDP Top Post, UNICEF's Hilde
Johnson, Kiwi Clark or Oil Man Akram
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Muse
NATIONS, February 10 --
The names mentioned in competition for the UN Development Program top
include UNICEF's Number Two official, Hilde Johnson, along with UNDP's
Melkert and New Zealand's Helen Clark, among others. The Norwegian
reports that the government in Oslo is deciding whether to "promote
American candidate" or whether "former Christian People's Party
Minister Hilde Frafjord Johnson may be appropriate."
Inner City Press asked UNICEF's spokesman for
comment from agency deputy
Hilde Johnson on this
article, "does she oppose nomination to UNDP
Administrator post by her government, would she accept nomination and
if awarded it? What is UNICEF's view?" Inner City Press also
when the current head of UNICEF, Ann Veneman, will finally be available
press conference at the UN.
In response, UNICEF's spokesman merely stated, "the
appointment of a UNDP Administrator is not a decision in which UNICEF
senior management have a role, so we have no comment." But Hilde
is "senior management" of UNICEF, and her country's press names her
as a candidate. We'll have more on this. Inner
City Press asked Ban's Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe if the
list of candidates for the top UNDP top will be made public, as it was
under Kofi Annan. "No," Ms. Okabe said.
UNICEF's Hilde Johnson, UNDP short list not shown
The New Zealand press is abuzz with the candidacy of
minister Helen Clark, saying the only blockage may be an American
for the post. These articles miss,
however, that there are developing world candidates for the post, not
South Africa, but also Ban Ki-moon's current chief of staff Vijay
even former Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram,
whose taken up a post with a
Houston-based oil company. UNDP is involved in the mining sector,
through Haiti to Niger. We've put in questions to UNDP and will report
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