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In Corrupt UN of Guterres Hiring Scams in Office of South South Cooperation Travel Waste

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive CJR PFT

UNITED NATIONS GATE, February 5 – The extent of corruption in the UN system under Antonio Guterres, who while concealing his links with UN bribery CEFC China Energy has banned the Press which asks, find another example in the Office of South South Cooperation. Today Inner City Press looks with exclusive leaks from within Guterres' declining UN as far south as possible in the Americas, to Argentina. Despite the fact that President Macri campaigned on the promise to achieve “Zero Poverty," soup kitchen lines are getting longer as struggling Argentinians feel the brunt of the harsh austerity measures. But the country’s increased poverty rate is not stopping the Macri government from paying millions to host a conference by Jorge Chediek’s Office of South-South Cooperation. Mr. Chediek and his group continue to use the Office for selfish gain. In addition to his wasteful self-promoting travel, akin to Guterres', Mr. Chediek has engaged in a spree of quid pro quo activities to ingratiate himself with various parties, including questionable hiring. Mr. Chediek engaged the services of fellow Argentine Ms. Cecilia Milesi, to serve as Senior Peacebuilding consultant, despite the fact that she lacks prior substantive experience working in peace and development. And by multiple accounts, this lack of experience reflects in her work. Moreover, Ms. Milesi likely taking cue from her boss,herself engages in conduct violating UNDP policy, including dubious travel on UNDP's dime, making personal stops during official work travel and charged those costs to UNDP resources.    

Ms. Milesi also oversteps her role as a contractor providing service to UNDP, to manage and approve the recruitment of fellow Latin Americans, all of whom were waived from the UNDP competitive process and awarded direct contracts, to join Mr. Chediek’s inner circle. The hiring process was executed in a coordinated family business style, with Ms. Milesi giving pointers to her friends, with whom she had prior association who similarly lack the required experience for the job.

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Documents reveal that Ms. Milesi and others interfered in the hiring process by manipulating resumes to match the job description in question in order to bypass any vetting. Moreover, Mr. Chediek blindly signed off on Ms. Milesi’s cronyistic recruitment after she independently completed the hiring process. As a contractor, Ms. Milesi violated UNDP policy prohibiting consultants from overseeing and approving recruitments, without the required oversight or participation of authorized personnel. Moreover, this speaks to the pattern of regional bias at the Office of South South Cooperation, in violation of UNDP’s policy on ensuring diversity in hiring.     

This begs the question: Has Mr. Chediek received a favor from Ms. Milesi’s brother Rodolfo Milesi who is the Executive Director of Branding Latin America, a London based PR firm, in return for hiring this woefully unqualified individual? Mr. Milesi’s company according to the website seeks to “to bridge business and promotional interests between Latin America, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world,” and boasts work with more than 10 presidents, and over 50 corporations among its prolific clientele. This is certainly an attractive partnership, one thatMr. Chediek is likely keen to capitalize on.     

Mr. Milesi has his own connections with the United Nations through his PR firm. Does Antonio Guterreshimself have a quid pro quo with Branding Latin America?According to his social media posts, Mr. Milesi’s Branding Latin America was the official PR firm for the Pacific Alliance during the lastest UN General Assembly week. Ms. Milesi also arranged during this visit of her brother, a friendly meet-and-greet gathering between her brother’s firm’s team and several colleagues from Mr. Chediek’s close circle in the office, which she proudly shared on her Facebook.     With just under two months to BAPA+40, does the Government of Mr. Macri think it prudent to invest millions into the historically corrupt Office of South-South Cooperation while the Argentine populace increasingly relies on charity for sustenance? 

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