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By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive, Video

UN GATE, Oct 11 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been corrupted, including UNESCO. For two weeks starting today, member states will have the opportunity to sanction the pathetic administration of the French director general Audrey Azoulay. Inner City Press understands that questions about the results of the recent investigations by IOS will also be raised during the private session of the Board. 

Under the leadership of Antonio Guterres the whole UN is now contaminated and severely affected by mismanagement and corruption. UNESCO is no exception. The Paris based organization suffers the same endemic problems like those of her bigger sister in New York.  The specialized in education and culture agency is shaken by internal managerial problems. The staff complains of abuse of authority, harassment, and widespread discrimination favoring exclusively French nationals.  More and more signals are sent to IOS reporting experiences of blatant abuse of authority, typically involving the granting of preferential treatment for recruitment or promotion of close friends or even family members of official diplomats representing member states to UNESCO. 

Thus, as Inner City Press already reported, the son of the Brazilian Ambassador to UNESCO got a position in the Division for external relations under Edouard Matoko’s full responsibility. Furthermore, another current member of the Executive Board, the Ambassador of Sudan, capably managed to appoint the only young person from his country deserving to get a position as young professional at UNESCO and strangely enough it occurred that this was his own daughter.

The young lady, born in 1990, was appointed by UNESCO’s D-G Azoulay in the Sector for Education, with the blessing of the Italian ADG for Education Stefania Giannini. High officials from the education sector contacted Inner City Press and said that never before traffic of influence of that magnitude had happened at UNESCO in such unashamed manner. But this is the UN system under Guterres.

The arrogant disrespect for rules and procedures and the absence of basic moral decency of the French administration is becoming the norm for running UNESCO.  Both the Ambassadors of Brazil and of Sudan are expected to speak strong, loud and clear in favor of the lousy reforms of DG Azoualy next Monday at the plenary of the Executive Board.

This will come as no surprise for those aware of the preferential treatment granted to both by the French DG Azoulay.  Non-Executive Board family members are also involved. The son and the daughter-in-law of the Ambassador of Iraq also got a temporary (for the time being) job at UNESCO, and the daughter of the Consul of Angola to France got a contract in the Division for external relations. Anywhere else, these crimes would result in incarceration. But this is Big Tony's UN system - he lets his own son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres use the UN name to make money, why should he begrudge the member states?

Again and again, it is the ADG for external relations Edouard Matoko from Congo who is playing his best yes-man role for Azoulay, so as to capably ensure that the organization is transformed into a cushy residence for Ambassadors’ family members with the desperate hope to get political support for DG Azoulay. 

The only way to hold back UNESCO from cronyism, abuse of power, embezzlement and cynical dismantling of its modus operandi and core values is to have member states fixing the limits of what is acceptable and what is not. Until this is properly done, corruption will prosper and the enforcement of respect for rules and regulations will remain a wishful thinking.

Only member states can prevent demolishing the organization by imposing to DG Azoulay a decisional framework for increasing leadership effectiveness, creating fairness and transparency and most importantly enhancing accountability of her administration as concerns its decision-making processes and behavior across all levels at UNESCO.  We will have more on that. 


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