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UN PGA Abdulla Shahid Meets Comoros But Is Not Disclosing Funding As Press Ban Continued

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UN GATE, Sept 20 – After UN President of the General Assembly John Ashe was indicted for taking bribes from Chinese government businessman Ng Lap Seng, and died before trial, the UN's lone reform was to say that future PGAs would disclose how their office and travel and staff members were funded.  

And now, even that insufficient reform is not being complied with. And the Press that asks about ongoing UN corruption is banned.  

On September 16 Inner City Press wrote to new PGA Abdulla Shahid's spokesperson Monica Grayley, "state when you will put on the PGA website the financial and staffing information committed to after the indictment of then PGA John Ashe."

It asked for confirmation of receipt, and a copy of the list of speakers for the UNGA High Level Week beginning September 21.   

More than 24 hours later, neither was provided, nor any response on what Shahid, Maldives' foreign minister, will do to ensure access to "his" UNGA by the Press which asks these questions.

 But here from propaganda-land: "Abdulla Shahid, met today with H.E. Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of Comoros.     President Azali Assoumani reiterated the continued support of Comoros to the Office of the President of the General Assembly, including for the specific priorities identified by President Shahid for the 76th session; agreed on the importance of keeping the United Nations Headquarters open for in-person diplomacy; and to strengthen the role of the General Assembly.      The President underlined the necessity of achieving vaccine equity by the end of 2022, as the first step to build back better from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides also discussed other relevant topics, such as climate change, financing for development, gender equality, youth, multilateralism and the President’s Youth Fellowship Programme.     The meeting took place in the President’s office at United Nations Headquarters in New York."

There is a pending application to the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, acknowledged (unlike PGA Shahid's Grayley) but not acted on.  

So on September 17, with the "Team" section of PGA Shahid's website still empty, Inner City Press wrote to two other staffers in the PGA's office, Carl Mercer  Lead, Communications, Advocacy & Speechwriting and Ahmed Salman Zaki, Executive Assistant to the PGA. Watch this site.


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