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UN Guterres To Travel To See Portugal Play Morocco at World Cup, Refuses Qs on Price Tags

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 – Antonio Guterres has held the position of UN Secretary General for seventeen months, amid few accomplished reforms or political conflicts solved, and ongoing censorship / restriction of the Press. He will, however, be in Moscow to watch his team, Portugal, play against Morocco on June 20. He said this on June 2 and then took some softball questions. Video here. This while he refuses Press questions on what's called his reform of the UN development system.

Inner City Press on May 30 sought to ask Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric a question in advance. But Dujarric, who evicted Inner City Press from the UN Press Briefing Room as it pursued the still unresolved story of UN bribery and keeps it restricted, ran off. Video here. So here is the question: why even for this reform has Guterres not prepared the UN's usual “Program Budget Implication” statement? How much will the reform cost? On May 31, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric who offered an evasive answer and then ran off the podium. From the UN's sanitized transcript: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you about the development system reform.  In talking to some people on the Fifth Committee, they said that it's strange that there's no Program Budget Implication, PBI, filed in connection with this pretty major proposal.  Like, even for the envoy on Myanmar, there had to be a PBI.  How can it be something this big doesn't have a price tag?

Spokesman:  Well, I mean, I think everything was negotiated with the Fifth Committee, and I think they got all the documents they needed." And then he ran off. So Inner City Press went and asked the question to Guterres, repeatedly, who ignored the audible question (but appeared to give a small wave). Video here. This while Guterres accompanied by Dujarric and Alison Smale wined and dined no-question correspondents with pan seered corvina and restricting Inner City Press which alone asks about these budget issues, and corruption. Today's UN is corrupt - and a censor.

On June 1, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: yesterday in the… in the meeting to… on the… on the development system reform, there was a sort of formal statement of the Secretariat that said, quote, "The Secretariat is not in a position to provide a detailed statement of programme budget implications (PBI) prior to the finalization of the implementation plan."  So I wanted to ask what I was trying to ask Stéphane yesterday.  What is the… usually, I mean, at least in my experience, usually the PBI is done before the vote.  Maybe this is… I'm sure States agreed to this, but what is the plan for the Secretariat?  What's the time frame to actually say how much it's going to cost?

Deputy Spokesman:  What's happening now — we're very appreciative of the adoption of the resolution yesterday by the Member States.  We had informed the Member States in a note of our… of the process that we're going through, and what we're going to do now is that we are engaging… as of now, we're engaging with the Fifth Committee to provide more information, and we'll do this so that, as the Secretary-General made clear, we can hit the ground running on 1 January 2019.

Inner City Press:  So that's in this May section, in this… in this current session, that… that this information is going to be provided, the PBI?

Deputy Spokesman:  Like I said, we have started, as of this past day, we're starting our dialogue with the Fifth Committee on this." But the resolution says during THIS General Assembly - and the final Budget Committee session of this GA ends soon...

  The reform, such as it is, is to move authority for the UN's resident coordinator system from the UN Development Program over to Guterres' deputy secretary general Amina J. Mohammed. Guterres had wanted to get regular assessed budget funding for this, but he lost in that attempt. An undefined “hybrid” funding system is yet to be specified, despite a rubber stamp vote being calle on the reform on May 31. How will it be paid for? It is undisclosed, just like Guterres' visit to his home in Portugal on May 28 was undisclosed until Inner City Press asked.

According to what senior Fifth (Budget) Committee sources exclusively tell Inner City Press, Guterres claims he can't estimate the cost or PBI until he finds out what states will voluntarily give him. Then how can this reform be voted on and be claimed to be completed, a rare victory for Guterres? (The sources also tell Inner City Press that Guterres made his appointment of Achim Steiner to replace Helen Clark as head of UNDP contingent on Steiner supporting UNDP's loss of the resident coordinator system to Amina Mohammed.) Dujarric did not want to answer, and if the past is any guide he will pre-select the questions to Guterres from among his allies. Watch this site.


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