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In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNESCO Privatization To France Continues

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video

UN GATE, Jan 21 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been corrupted now into, including UNESCO.

For more than 70 years UNESCO has been an intergovernmental organization. In only two years, the Agency has become progressively a branch office of the French government. Even worse, the latest news show that it turns to be a privatized body by the family and friends of the French DG Audrey Azoulay. Thus, in reviving the spirit of Mosul, and filling up her French friends’ wallets, DG Azoulay is actually killing the spirit of UNESCO.  

From doing the inventory in-house by a French company to spending public tax-payers money on lousy activities implemented together with LVMH - the world's largest luxury-goods French company owned by Bernard Arnault - , DG Azoulay is nowadays in real business. Soon, after changing the logo, the acronym of the organization will be spelled out differently. Under DG Azoulay, UNESCO will become UNES&Co. All her failures to manage the Organization are on purpose. By creating a toxic working environment and atmosphere, the French DG is getting rid easily of the serious and UN-devoted staff. Some 50 people left UNES&Co in 2019. More to come in 2020 and 2021 leaving some good positions for the recruitment of new French appointees. 

  Imagine, said a senior member of the Bureau of Human Resources to Inner City Press, "even after recruiting a dozen of French nationals in her Cabinet, DG Azoulay had not received a single question or admonition by member states". So why stopping these practices despite them being opposite to all UN rules. Quite often Cabinet members are bragging about their incredibly detrimental to UNES&Co impunity. The French are quite fortunate in this regard – no control or accountability is required by member states.

“Good that member states representatives are so irresponsible”, said one French junior Cabinet member in a recent closed doors meeting. “This is for us the perfect and happy concordance of circumstances”!  With the complicity of member states, DG Azoulay is transforming UNES&Co which was not originally envisioned as a business or political organization. Though established in 1945 by several allied countries in the aftermath of World War II with the mission of contributing “to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue”, the organization later expanded to include Japan and Germany in 1951.

Still, that hasn’t stopped its members from quitting for political reasons. South Africa withdrew from the body in 1955 in protest of its anti-apartheid policies, and the U.K. and Singapore followed the U.S.’s lead to leave in the late 1980s, though all eventually returned. 

The crux of the problem, as at UNHQ where Guterres is destroying everything, is therefore the absence of noticeable concern by member states. Whatever the French want, they should not get it on a plate, said one high official of UNESCO. Even decisions by the Executive Board are objected or ignored by the French administrators of UNESCO. Two weeks ago, at the retreat of the senior managers of UNES&Co, the Director of Cabinet, Nicolas Kassianides put it plain and simple in front of DG Azoulay’s team: “As long as member states show no sign of tangible disapproval or protest, we keep ignoring them and their decisions”.

Still, from diplomatic sources in Paris, Inner City Press got to know that Mr Kassianides is enquiring about the possibility to get a high-ranking position within the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, certainly to avoid being around in case member states wake up and start asking unpleasant questions about the privatization of UNES&Co and about who is accountable for it.  The sinking of UNES&Co will continue as long as the French administrators are allowed to keep having it their way and run unchallenged their scalpel through UNESCO’s body.  We will have more on that.


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