City Press sought comment in
writing from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin
Nesirky, without answer.
Inner City Press asked at the noon briefing for confirmation:
can you confirm that Colonel Qadhafi’s daughter,
Ayesha, is a UN system Goodwill Ambassador with a Laissez-Passer that
remains open until 2013? And what does… If so, what does the
Secretary-General think about this goodwill ambassadorship? Will it
be revoked? Is it, what is your position on it?
I understand it, she is a national Goodwill Ambassador
in Libya for UNDP [United Nations Development Programme]. On the
other details you have asked, I will check.
checked and gotten the answer from and about UNDP, it is unclear why
he didn't answer the pending written question. Perhaps he hoped that,
with briefings truncated by meetings, the question couldn't be asked
in person, Inner City Press asked former UNDP Administration Mark
Malloch Brown about Aicha Gadhafi being a Goodwill Ambassador.
“I hope she's
not a UNDP Ambassador,” he said. “I don't think it's UNDP. I was
surprised when I saw that... she was an Ambassador to any part of the
it was UNDP.
And only on February 23, the day after Nesirky's first confirmation,
did the UN announce a belated removal of the Ambassadorship:
was asked yesterday whether one of Colonel [Muammar] Qadhafi’s
daughters is a Goodwill Ambassador. And as I mentioned, Aisha
al-Qadhafi was appointed as National UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for
Libya on 24 July 2009. Her appointment at that time enabled UNDP to
address the issues of HIV/AIDS and violence against women in Libya,
both culturally sensitive topics in the country. Following the
recent events, UNDP has terminated the agreement with Ms. Qadhafi,
based on article 30 of the UN Guidelines for the Designation of
Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace. By the way, I can tell
you that UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors do not get paid, they volunteer
their time, and they do not hold UN laissez-passer travel documents.”
23, Ban Ki-moon appeared at the UN North Lawn second floor stakeout
and took a handful of questions. When asked if he was calling on
Gadhafi to step down, Ban dodged the question then left.
UN's Ban and Gadhafi, Goodwill Ambassador daughter not shown
event, the selling of his new book “The Unfinished Global
Revolution” in the UN bookstore, Inner City Press asked him about
the process for selection the UN Secretary General. He replied that
he had wished Ban's 2006 selection had included “hustings and
this with the “two most successful
Secretaries General, Dag Hammarskjold and Kofi Annan,” while noting
that those who voted for them hadn't read their biographies.
would the daughter of Libya's dictator, who killed his
opponents as far back as the 1970s, have been made a UN system
Goodwill Ambassador? Watch this site.
before answering Inner City Press' question, said it
should buy a copy of his book, for the “pain extracted from me for
so many years.” While it may refer back to some profanity he used,
compared to current UN system leadership, at least Malloch Brown
purports to take
and answer questions.
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Gadhafi Daughter is UN Ambassador, UNDP Silent
-- As in Libya the forces, including
mercenaries, of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi shoot and kill peaceful
protesters, the UN has been nearly entirely silent.
the morning of February 20, Inner City Press asked UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky:
to use the UN’s special relationship
with its Goodwill Ambassador Dr Aicha Gadhafi to persuade her father
not to use such excessive force against peaceful demonstrators?
response at all from the UN. Inner City Press also asked Ban's
spokesman Nesirky “in this context, the Secretary-General's planned
trip to California to meet and greet 'the entertainment industry,'
how much is this trip costing, and is it funded by the Regular Budget
of the UN -- and if not, what is the funding source?” Again, no
there any thought of using the existing UN programs on
the ground, whether it is UNDP or
otherwise? There was some
criticism of this training of police in Egypt
prior to the — there
was criticism by NGOs that it didn’t bring in human rights
activists but rather Government people. Is there some thinking of
how — the UNDP website about Libya hasn’t been updated now in
several months, I guess — it seems to some, due to the turmoil. What
about these UN…?
that be? Who is it, these people who think it
that look at it and have seen that it was updated
all the way, until suddenly there was turmoil in the country and then
it is not updated any more.
What’s the role, according to the
Secretary-General, of the existing UN programmes in countries like
Libya and Yemen, where Helen Clark visited and didn’t say anything
are lots of, as you know, across the region,
there is a UN presence in different constellations; country teams
with different components, whether it is UNDP or other UN agencies,
funds and programmes. Of course, given that they are already on the
ground, given that they have been working there in different
capacities on different projects, they are well placed to be further
involved. But this is part of a bigger picture, and it is being very
there any change of policy? I guess I am saying,
given that the announcement today that the UN is sort of taking
cognizance of all this, is there, is that…?
it’s hardly an announcement today. This
is something that has been said consistently for a number of weeks
now. And indeed, further back, as you know, the Human Development
Reports on the Arab world have been saying this for the best part of
a decade. So, okay, thank you very much.
what had the UN
been doing about Libya? Watch this site.
* * *
Crackdown, His UN Job Search Continues, Yemen
& Tunisia Perm Reps Compete?
“I'm sure you
know better than that,” Abdelaziz said. “Now everything is
working -- social networks, Internet, Twitters... you have contact
with your people back there, you see everything.”
the fact that
television networks can work around restrictions and threats does not
answer the question. Abdelaziz said that as Ambassador to the UN in
New York, there were questions he could not answer.
General Ban Ki-moon was asked about complaints
by Abdelaziz, first to Ban's chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, about
comments about Mubarak stepping down. Ban said
think that there was some misunderstanding about my statement. I hope
that there will not be much misunderstanding on that. What I said was
that the Government leaders should listen more attentively to the
genuine aspirations of the people and there should be a transition,
and the sooner the better. And the future of their country and
transition process should be something which should be decided by the
Abdelaziz seemed pleased when he said that what Ban
Ki-moon had just said “is the UN position.” Abdelaziz met with
Ban on Monday.
Abdelaziz makes point to
Ban: UN job offer not yet shown
spokeswoman commented to Inner City Press on
Tuesday about its reporting
that Abdelaziz is seeking a job. She
denied he is seeking an IMF job -- which Inner City Press never
reported. But there are many sources for his UN job search.
Yemen and Tunisia are said to be seeking UN jobs
-- one effect of what's sweeping the region. But it is like musical
chairs. Watch this site.
* * *
Ambassador Wants UN Job Like Choi
- & Kouchner?
Egypt's Permanent Representative to the
UN Maged A. Abdelaziz set to meet on Monday with the returned
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, there's been scant reporting of a
topic the two have discussed for some time now: a top UN job for
the UN Secretariat has been abuzz with Maged's demands for a UN job.
When the number two post at the UN Development Program opened up,
Maged tried to become the African Group's candidate. This lead to a
split; the job was awarded to a candidate from Costa Rica.
repeated to Inner City Press on February 4, Maged
has continued to press for a UN posting, even as his name circulated
in the pre-January 25 days as a possible foreign minister. “Now
that chance is off the table,” the UN official told Inner City
Press. “So Maged will just have to push the UN harder.”
Youssef Boutros-Ghali resigned as head
of the Monetary and Finance Committee of the International Monetary
Fund. He could have tried to stay on, but didn't. A lesson for
UN in recent years has handed
top posts to a number of former Ambassadors, for example giving its
Somalia post to Augustine Mahiga after he was Tanzania's Permanent
Representative to the UN. The UN's envoy to Cote d'Ivoire, Choi
Young-jin, was South Korea's Ambassador to the UN, along with
masterminding Ban Ki-moon's campaign to become Secretary General.
the buzz is
that deposed French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner wants to become
the head of the UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Not only NGOs and many
Haitians, but even other UN officials, think it would be a “terrible
decision,” given France's history with Haiti. But this is Ban
Ki-moon's UN. Watch this site.