At UN, Merkel's Economic Proposal
Absent, Dreams of UN Credibility, Sevan
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 13 --
German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed a UN Economic Security Council
at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. But at the UN on February
Inner City Press asked the president of the UN's Economic and Social
Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, about Merkel's proposal, Ms. Lucas said the
has not been raised to the UN and is "not necessarily a very well
idea." Video here,
from Minute 36:27.
Inner City Press also asked Ms. Lucas, Luxembourg's
ECOSOC's talk-fest on the global financial crisis lines up and works
process started by President of the General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto
headlined by economist Joseph Stiglitz. Ms. Lucas' lengthy response,
with high-level meetings, interactive dialogues and other UN buzz
appeared to mean that the two processes are not fully coordinated.
from Minute 31:02. Then on February 13, d'Escoto's spokesman said the
are coordinated, in ways he'll explain next week.
A key d'Escoto staffer this week
told Inner City Press that the hook d'Escoto has is the "legitimacy"
of the General Assembly, or perhaps of the UN. By way of analogy, he
story of a respected lawyer jurist, whose client balked at the high
of his opinion memo. The lawyer flipped to the last page and tore off
signature. There, he said, now I will give it to you for free. The
PGA staffer said, is that it is the name that is important, not the
The G-20 need us, he said.
UN's Ban and Germany's Merkel, with a
not-small gulf between, UN Economic Council not seen
Believers in the UN name, in the primacy of the
so-called GA-192 over
groups like the G-20, should then be more concerned about that which
makes the UN look bad. This week, for example, the UN's own
Tribunal said the UN must pay the legal fees of Benon Sevan, formerly
the UN Oil for Food Program for Iraq, who when charged with bribery
Cyprus, which refuses to extradite him. Inner City Press asked Ban
if Ban had any comments on the case, any regrets about using UN money
the fees of an official formerly charged with corruption.
He has no comment, the spokesperson said.
Perhaps because it is not on the Security Council's agenda, the excuse
for Ban not calling for a cease fire in Sri Lanka? Click here
Ms. Lucas was
asked about a sentiment bubbling up from the ECOSOC subsidiary
Commission on Social Development meeting in the basement, that the
bailouts of banks in the developed world should some how be related to
financial for development. Jamaica expressed it strongly in the CSD,
more recently a "senior UN official" was quoted
as saying a push will be made at the upcoming G-20 meeting. We'll see.
when asked about the
Merkel proposal, Ms. Lucas encouraged Inner City Press to "see that
my German colleague." That same day, the German Mission to the UN was
holding a session on financing the UN, which excluded a number of
actively but critically cover the issue. Two days later, Germany's
made what is becoming a rare appearance at or outside the Security
singing the praises of an Abkhazia resolution which the Georgians,
Germany spoke, described as a slow slide toward loss of territorial
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and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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