UNDP Advisor Serves Lobbyist for
Nigeria, No Comment on Niger Driver Missing
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
February 11 -- Can a UN official
work at the same time on the advisory board of a law firm lobbying for
governments from Nigeria and Liberia?
This appears to be the case of the UN Development
Program's Mr. Raja
Kaul, described as a "chief technical advisor" for a UNDP/Regional
Bureau for Africa project called "Regional Project for Capacity
Development for Negotiating and Regulating Investment Contracts." Last
Kaul showed up in a press release that Mr. Kaul has
been appointed to an
"advisory board" for a Washington DC-based lobbying firm which is a
registered foreign agent for the governments of Liberia and Nigeria,
41 of the document "Standards
of conduct for the international civil service" , which
applies to UNDP, states that it is
"improper for international civil servants to engage, without prior
authorization, in any outside activity, whether remunerated or not,
interferes with that obligation or is incompatible with their status or
conflicts with the interests of the organization.
9, Inner City Press posed to UNDP's chief spokesman a series of simple
questions, including "how is Raja Kaul's service on the advisory
board of a law firm lobbying for Liberia (and Nigeria) consistent with
his UNDP role? Who approved this? Will it be discontinued?"
later, there has been no answer.
UNDP's Melkert, center, answers on conflicts,
Niger and Solomon Islands not shown
answer to the other questions
--"please respond to the
of UNDP Solomon Islands that
"the project fund (issued by
UNDP) was diverted under approval of the Ministry's Director, the
Secretary, the Minister and probably UNDP to purchase office furniture
facilitate a provincial tour undertaken by the Director and his team."
--while Messrs. Fowler and Guay
are reportedly on a video released to Canada, their UNDP driver Soumana
Moukaila is not. Has UNDP received any information about Soumana
didn't they have security that day in December? Did the Designated
Officer approve the trip without security?"
helped develop the Canadian-owned gold mine that Fowler was visiting on
he was abducted, has not answered these or other questions. This is how
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