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In Corrupt UN Of Guterres UNESCO Wastes $400000 in Public Funds Like SG Lisbon Junkets

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, March 7 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been systematically corrupted, including UNESCO. 

Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres, has reported exclusively on the appalling situation at UNESCO. Now this: recently, another major case was lost by the corrupt UNESCO. On January 27, the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization once again condemned UNESCO and ruled on its decision to summarily dismiss a staff member without cause.  By a letter dated July 10, 2018, which constituted the contested decision, the staff member was informed that the Director General Audrey Azoulay confirmed the sanction of summary dismissal for serious misconduct. Judgement number 4457 of the Tribunal, pronounced at its 133rd session, is very well-defined in pinpointing the errors of the UNESCO administration in that hugely annoying for Azoulay case (full text of the judgement – here.

  The "manifest error of appreciation" of DG Audrey Azoulay stipulated in this judgement, has a cost because of its financial implications, and this cost to UNESCO's regular budget is some US$400,000. Couldn't this money be spent on educational or cultural purposes instead of being paid as compensation for the unjustified damage done to the former staff member's career and reputation by spoiled UNESCO senior officials?  This is not the first time UNESCO has misappropriated public funds due to poor decision making and Inner City Press has written about this on several occasions. Our appalling findings were also confirmed by the Report by the Director General on the judgments concerning UNESCO issued by the international Labour Organization administrative tribunal (ILOAT) Document available here.

   After the disclosure of about US$1 million lost by UNESCO in the Geneva Tribunal, the director of human resources, Hong Kwon from Korea, was fired and replaced by Kazumi Ogawa from Japan. Clearly, no progress has been made since then in protecting staff rights and combating abuse of power by the agency's French administration, and UNESCO will continue to lose money in Geneva.

 In addition, tacit financially negotiated arrangements are piling up to stop staff contesting in Geneva. Large amounts of extra money were distributed by DG Azoulay last year instead of being used for educational and cultural projects. Just last month, two more amicable settlements were approved by her after negotiation with the complaining staff for nearly $200,000. And the member states remain silent in all these cases of misappropriation of taxpayers' money.  However, the loss of more than US$400,000 in a single case is an absolute record. In the last 25 years, UNESCO has never lost so much money from a single Tribunal ruling.

Then again, there has never been a UN Secretary General as censorious and wasteful as Guterres, with his junkets to Lisbon. A fish rots from the head.

 In the case of the above-mentioned UNESCO judgment number 4457, the managers who made the wrong decision are clearly identifiable: the direct supervisors of the staff member in the administrative sector - Fernando Menendez and Khadija Zammouri; in HRM and Legal, the team dealing with contested cases, namely Annick Grisar, Alexandre Duganis and Santiago Villalpando and in the Cabinet, the Director Nicolas Kassianides and his boss, DG Audrey Azoulay who both validated the bad decisions made. By dividing this amount by the salaries of these 8 people, it would not be problematic to reimburse UNESCO for the full amount of the judgment, some $400,000 in damages, instead of allowing them to get away with murder. 

The total failure of the UN and its specialized organizations because of leaders like Audrey Azoulay and Antonio Guterres who encourage corruption, embezzlement and mismanagement definitely contributes to the crisis that makes the world conflict-prone. With such leaders, the United Nations and its agencies have actually become detrimental to peace and security. It is time to phase them out. Watch this site.

This is where UNESCO is today, an agency where corruption, embezzlement, moral and sexual harassment, abuse of power and nepotism thrive.  We'll have more on this. Watch this site


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