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In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNESCO Constitution Mocked By Audrey Azoulay A La Francaise

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video

UN GATE, Jan 29 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been corrupted now into, including UNESCO.

  The Cabinet of Director General Audrey Azoulay is increasingly accommodating the numerous requests from the French authorities in order to ensure that French compagnies get juicy agreements with UNESCO, that French cities get UNESCO labels and that former presidential and Quai d’Orsay aides be given cushy senior positions in UNESCO’s Secretariat. 

The cronyism reaches into every corner of UNESCO, and nepotism is also rife.  Member States representatives indicate that the international body has reformed little in the two years since the election of Audrey Azoulay and, on the contrary, UNESCO became over that short period a byword for inefficiency, nepotism, retaliation and corruption. 

The organization is stuffed with French bosses - it has promoted many French managers to senior posts in the organization and taken on a number of French consultants that it cannot afford the properly qualified staff it needs to run its programs effectively.  Despite all interventions by member states and the exposure in the press, the Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay did not get the clear message that this is not the way to run UNESCO as if the Organization is part of the French Administration. 

In 2019, four Heads of UN Agencies had resigned because of proven severe mismanagement and politically biased decision-making quite identical to the ones at UNESCO. After UNAIDS, the UN Palestinian refugee agency, the UN’s environment body and the UN biodiversity Agency, the same move is expected at UNESCO.  The issue of the considerable prejudice to UNESCO created over the two-year ill-advised management practices is now addressed by member states. More and more Ambassadors believe that for the good of UNESCO, Madam Azoulay has to step down as did the 4 Heads of UN Agencies before her. Privatizing and using UNESCO for her own personal profits and the ones of her home country is not acceptable anymore.  It is an open secret inside UNESCO that the Quai d’Orsay and the Elysée are ruling the organization in place of the good-looking marionette, says one high official of the agency. And this is where the crux of the problem is situated. 

  In actual fact, the Constitution of UNESCO, signed on 16 November 1945, is clearly stipulating in its Article VI (item 5.): “The responsibilities of the Director-General and of the staff shall be exclusively international in character. In the discharge of their duties they shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any authority external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might prejudice their positions as international officials. Each State Member of the Organization undertakes to respect the international character of the responsibilities of the Director-General and the staff, and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their duties.   It appears, that since her election, DG Audrey Azoulay totally disregarded for two years now the Constitution of UNESCO as well as her oath pronounced as per the usual ritual at the beginning of her mandate.

The big question is what will the president of the General Conference (Turkey) and the chairman of the Executive Board (Equatorial Guinea) do in order to bring to an end this anti-constitutional behavior or the Director-General.  The Constitution of UNESCO does not provide legal basis for an impeachment process. Still, member states consider constitutionally unbearable to allow the continuation of DG’s politically biased Administration. Therefore, in the specific case of DG Azoulay, after all the collected and duly exposed evidences with respect to her  unreserved allegiance to the French national authorities, a specific mechanism will have to be established by the Chairs of the two main governing bodies in order to ensure that French DG Audrey Azoulay is subject to the utmost disciplinary sanctions and consequently removed from office before the end of her mandate in 2021.  In the case of DG Azoulay, there is no danger whatsoever of a partisan, politically motivated impeachment that would lower the bar for imposing the ultimate sanction – the political equivalent of the death penalty – on future Director-generals.

But at the UN, after all the cases of Heads of Agencies successfully revoked, the impeachment case of DG Azoulay must set an example internationally.  It is obvious that the French Government and the rich club countries will flip-flop on those impeachment principles and try to protect the French DG, since they are all aware that getting the UNESCO top position again by one of them in the near future is a mirage. Will that short-sighted strategy work? The future will tell. This is where UNESCO stands today. We will have more on that.


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