As UNDP Withheld Its North Korea Plans, It Stonewalls on
Zimbabwe, Muzzles Kosovo, Niger Drive and Mining Role
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 19 -- As North Korea
throws South Koreans out, the UN Development Program continues a
to re-enter the reclusive military dictatorship, withholding
documents it mentions in passing in reports. In DP/2009/L.1,
under the heading "Country Programs," UNDP stated that
"In implementing the 'road map',
UNDP is submitting for consideration by the Board a package of proposed
measures for the resumprion [sic] of
UNDP programmes in DPRK, including a request for UNDP to approve
DPRK on a project-byproject basis until the end of 2010. The document
the programme interventions to be supported by UNDP, as well as a
agreement reached with DPRK on operational modalities that will be used
particular in the areas of programme implementation, human resources
finance... Proposed measures for the resumption of programme operations
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DP/2009/8)."
the other country programs listed in DP/2009/L.1, UNDP's
North Korea document was not put online.
Inner City Press asked UNDP's Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, among other
why DP/2009/8 about North Korea was not made available online. While deferring answering the other
questions, on North Korea Dujarric replied that
there is nothing to deny or confirm. You, like anyone else, can access
documentation being posted on the UNDP.org website in advance of the
Board. The document you refer to is, as of a few minutes when I
yet posted. It will be in due time."
at odds with the UN system's repeated promises of transparency, this is
previous UNDP secrecy.
UNDP's Dervis looks down on UN's Ban: whose
transparency promises will out?
After the last Executive
Board meeting, at which UNDP's
Asia and Pacific chief Ajay Chhibber read out a statement on North
City Press asked Dujarric for a copy of the statement. You can order an
tape of the meeting and transcribe it, Dujarric said. Inner City Press
what UN staff revealed: the meeting was not taped, having been
closed or informal consultations. And so UNDP's impulse to secrecy
posted a week ago to UNDP, without any answers:
involvement in the past 3 years in currency exchange in Zimbabwe,
whether the rates given were determined by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
/ government, how this compared to other rates available, in light of
John Holmes (and Ms. Braggs') recent comments that there have been currency
exchange issues / losses in Zimbabwe.
awareness you or UNDP have of inquiries into irregularities in
Afghanistan procurement and construction, by UNOPS or UNDP, including
but not limited to the use of Italian funds for a hospital.
much rent to UNDP pay to Nigeria for space in Nigeria House in NYC, and
how was it determined?
has UNDP done, and what is it done, in the Niger Delta?
questions have been answered. And now there are more questions, not
UNDP's role in Niger in mining -- and transporting UN envoy Robert
without security to a Canadian-owned gold mine, about also about
free speech in Kosovo:
The incident occurred last week
as Igballe Rogova, Executive Director of the Kosova Women's Network
preparing to speak at a UN conference on women and governance in
organizers told her that her speech was "too political" and that she
could only speak if she removed all references to the plan from her
In an angry statement sent to
UNDP headquarters, KWN accuses the agency of suppressing freedom of
undermining democracy. 'Evidently the UNDP organizers believed that
allowed to participate in politics only so long as they are not too
or they avoid serious political issues,' it reads.
That sure sounds like UNDP. But
where are UNDP's
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