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At UNESCO Member States Criticize Azoulay As They Should Impeach Guterres At UNHQ

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UN GATE, June 10 – Yesterday evening successfully ended the first-ever virtual meeting of the UNESCO Executive Board. Despite all diplomatic efforts to cancel it, orchestrated by France and DG Azoulay’s fervent usual supporters - Spain, Italy, Germany, Albania, Tunisia, Jordan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and UAE - among others, the 6th extraordinary session of the Board still took place.

The oppositions by those countries did not pay off and by its holding alone, the Board session spoiled considerably the aura of the French DG and confirmed that she is merely a finger-puppet with no control over the political processes at the Paris-based agency.  This Board session organized on 8 and 9 June, proved that "governance" is the priority issue for member states as not a single debate was devoted to programs and activities over the last two days. 

With its holding, the diplomatic saga at UNESCO is over for now. It is still a Pyrrhic victory for the Chair of the Executive board, Agapito Mba Mokuy, who lost considerable political capital and even some of his main supporters in the diplomatic battle, and who appeared with major difficulties to understand what chairing a Board session actually means.  The session was further challenged with technical disruption organized behind the scene by the former Secretary of the Governing bodies, Sachin Bhatt as a revenge for losing his cushy position due to the dissatisfaction of the Chair of the Board with his work.

As pointed out by a staff member working in central services, “Remaining true to his sleazy reputation, Bhatt kept eavesdropping on the Chair and sabotaging his work as instructed by the Cabinet and by his exclusive dog-handler Kacyanides. After delivering on all dirty assignments as member of the Cabinet, in this GBS position he poorly failed”.   At the end of the day, the French DG and her subordinate home-country Delegation to UNESCO did not succeed in their plans to prevent the governing body from operating. Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, as the saying goes, and since the success of the Board was to a great extent based on to the co-facilitation organized prior to the Board session by Morocco and Switzerland at the request of the Chair Agapito Mba Mokuy, the French at UNESCO and at the Quai d’Orsay got really upset with the two ambassadors, Samir Addahre and Martin Michelet.

 For the French, both ambassadors appeared to be collaborating too constructively with the “enemy” - the Chair of the Board -, instead of helping France sinking him as schemed since the very outset.   As a Cabinet member said this morning to Inner City Pres, “since the political pressure in the respective capitals Rabat and Bern, did not produce the expected results, the French are now considering options so that the two ambassadors be recalled and replaced before the summer". And then added: "I can understand the French doing that with Morocco, a country they have always contemplated as a French protectorate since 1912, and, evidently, even after its independence in 1956.

But Switzerland is definitely a different ballgame, and nobody believes their ambassador can be recalled only because of his integrity and professionalism.” France and DG Azoulay will keep fighting back and undermining the authority of member states so as to maintain the current status-quo propitious to mismanagement, corruption and abuse of power. For DG Azoulay, ruling with no oversight and accountability the UN agency is a priceless advantage in campaigning for her reelection.  After more than two years of the French administration at UNESCO, with a leadership which would be laughable if it were not having so serious damaging consequences, UNESCO entered the GUBU (“grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented”) phase.

How will it end? Nobody knows - this while Guterres being outed not only as a censor but not also as a racist make his impeachment imperative, if the UN is to retain any credibility.

But at UNESCO certainly, elections for a real DG are looming on the 2021 horizon.   This is UNESCO today. This is the UN of Antonio Guterres. We will have more on that. Watch this site.


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