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At UN, Gates Foundation Learns How to Buy Impunity Like Orr's Position

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 -- The UN under Ban Ki-moon has taken to inventing new position without any General Assembly approval, bypassing oversight by using "extra budgetary resources." This means that while these appear to be UN jobs, with trapping like immunity and impunity, the holder is not paid by the UN by some outside party.

  When Ban felt compelled to at least partially apply his so-called five year mobility rule to long time American staffer Robert Orr, he shifted him to a so called Public Private Partnerships position. Inner City Press asked, is this position in the UN budget? Has it been approved?

  The answer, Fifth (Budget) Committee sources say, is no. Orr said he'll raise his own funds, from corporations, they say.

  Ban tried to get the position upgraded from Orr's current Assistant Secretary General level to Under Secretary General, but even funded by others, the UN's Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions balked and said no, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press.

  Perhaps less extreme but along the same lines, when Ban Ki-moon on June 7, 2012 announced with fanfare -- on the UN's own UN News Service -- that he "appointed Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as his Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning," it was not disclosed that this position is not in the UN Budget and will be funded from outside.

  Budget committee sources contacted Inner City Press, disgusted to highlight that the "extra budgetary post funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was filled by a candidate who is affiliated with... wait for it... the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."

  And the second half of that, but not the first, is in the UN News Service story: Amina J. Mohammed "currently serves on numerous international advisory panels and boards, including the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."

  Here you have an entity, the sources say, that while seeming to want to help the UN, is in fact undermining the UN's credibility by stealthly funding a position which is given to a person allied with it. And so it goes at the UN.

Footnote: the other side and engine of the Gates empire, Microsoft, got into the UN its so-called "Ambassador to Africa," who just happens to be the brother of Ban's then Special Adviser on Africa. Extra budgetary, indeed...

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