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As Team Ban Pitches Mobility to WEOG, Takasu Wants Politician for CITO

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 11 -- Team Ban Ki-moon was out in force Tuesday afternoon, pushing its Mobility plan to the Western European & Other Group of states in the North Lawn building.

  Outside the closed door meeting, Inner City Press spoke with some Under Secretaries General and a larger number of WEOG diplomats.

  While WEOG may be swayed, the wider Group of 77, and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, still have doubts.

  Meanwhile some question Team Ban's approach to reform and problems. Before Hurricane Sandy hit, the UN had nearly named a technocrat as the new Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), to replace former USG Choi.

  But after the criticism of the Secretariat response to Sandy, including a failure to send even an e-mail to the member states, that CITO appointment was stopped by USG Yukio Takasu, sources tell Inner City Press.

  The sources say Takasu decided that the new CITO should be more political, to be able to handle member states complaints.

  Some wonder, wouldn't it be better to have a good technical CITO to make sure e-mails got send out, rather than a politician to spin failure?

  As Inner City Press reported on November 27, Ban wants to push through his so-called Mobility plan while questions remain outstanding.

   His two page November 26 letter, said Ban is "disappointed" with the timelines recommended by the ACABQ, elections and then election of the chair of which Inner City Press recently covered. (On Monday, voting for vice chairman between the candidates of Gabon and the UK was postponed, with some idea there might be two co-vice chairs.)

   As one well placed member of the Budget Committee exclusively told Inner City Press, Ban's "mobility is now 'key' to a bunch of projects that began before it, like the Global Field Support Strategy and UMOJA," mired in delays and nepotism.

  Ban's letter "stress[es] that the new mobility framework is at the heart of our key management initiatives and a key enabler for other on-going reform efforts, such as UMOJA, our enterprise resource planning system and the Global Field Support Strategy."

  What ACABQ recommended on Ban's "mobility" proposal  is a one year delay in order to answer questions, get more information -- as one member put it, for more "transparency and accountability."

  There have been growing problems with transparency and answering by at least one of the USGs in attendance with WEOG on Tuesday. But as an experiment, Inner City Press today focuses only on the pending question: which Congolese Army units does the UN work with, to assess Ban's Human Rights Due Diligence Policy? Click here for that. Watch this site.

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