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At UNESCO French Firm Wastes Two Million Euros In Corrupt UN of Guterres Who Cries Poor

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive, Video

UN GATE, Oct 17 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been corrupted, including UNESCO. Even by current Big Tony UN corruption standards, the scandal shaking UNESCO these days is a noticeable one. Consider the following, after the disclosure by Inner City Press of the fraudulent evaporation of some $450,000 in a proven financial fraud, the IOS of the organization launched a series of investigations that led to indisputable conclusions about the mismanagement of UNESCO. 

 Still, this case appears as miniature corruption operation compared to the recent special internal arrangement by the Cabinet of D-G Azoulay granting impunity to those accountable for the unjustifiable and speculative spending of some 2 million dollars by UNESCO without compensation.

In two separate contracts, one for 1.536.000 EURO, and another one for 180.000 EURO, UNESCO contracted a French company to do the core redesign of the organization’s financial and administrative systems and tools.

Subsequently, those amounts had been paid to the French enterprise without getting the expected deliverables. The Assistant Director General for Administration, Nicholas Jeffreys from the UK in a realistic assessment of the situation, put it bluntly last July to his team dealing with the scandalous spending of public money by alarming them that if member states dig into this issue or if it goes public, “we may all go to jail unless we cover it up properly”, as one of the participants in that meeting informed Inner City Press.

Well, now it is public and Member States may decide to ask questions about it during the current session of the Executive Board or at the forthcoming General Conference.  In a desperate last minute rush, a special team was secretly assembled by ADG Nicholas Jeffreys including the Director of Cabinet Nikolas Kassianides, the Director of Information systems Ingrid Regien, the chief officer of the core redesign project Samir Pise and the usual coordinator of most corruption schemes at UNESCO, Sachin Bath from the cabinet of the DG Azoulay.

The ADG for Administration Jeffreys thus orchestrated the suicidal attempt to cover up the vanishment of 2 million dollars tax-payers money in order to protect the corrupted administration of the French Audrey Azoulay. 

As a result of the intense calculations by this team, it was decided that the work for which the French company was paid big dollars without delivering on it, will be done by selected competent staff members of UNESCO in an atmosphere of total confidentiality. In such a manner, the interests of the French party were to be duly preserved and at the same time the professional reputation of those involved in the core redesign was saved at least for the time being.

   Corruption at the UN has rarely before been an issue of such burning public concern. Still, those countries who are fighting fiercely corruption in the developing world, are having their eyes wide shut when it concerns the UN bodies that are largely funded by them. This is what will kill the credibility of both UNESCO and of its rich-club member states.

Therefore, the question that members states, which are usually champions of anti-corruption crusades may wish to ask to DG Azoulay and to her team is what percentage of the 2 million public money ended in their pockets as her team seems to be starving for money, as already exposed previously by Inner City Press. Member states may also wish to ask for an investigation on the deliverables provided by the French company that justified the high payments. Finally, they may wish to require more accountability at UNESCO and remind UNESCO’s top managers that corruption diverts public resources away from the provision of essential services by the UN body, that it corrodes rule of law and destroys public trust in the leaders of UNESCO, and that actually on that one the ADG for Administration is quite right - it could also lead to jail. We will have more on that. 


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