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As UN Confirms ICP Scoops on Jobs for Takasu & Haq, No UNDP Answers

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 25 -- In an otherwise empty room on Wednesday, the UN confirmed to Inner City Press two of the top-job exclusives it had reported: former Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu to head Management, and Amira Haq as head of the Department of Field Services.

  On March 21, Inner City Press reported that Bangladesh's Haq had a better chance than India's Atul Khare to replace Susana Malcorra at DFS, click here.

  Even before that on March 7, Inner City Press reported that Takasu was the man for Management - and that Khare was losing favor, click here.

  It is indicative of the slow death of the UN under Ban Ki-moon that the noon briefing at which these two Under Secretary General posts were announced had only one journalist present.

  Even so, Ban's Deputy spokesman Eduardo Del Buey refused to answer most of Inner City Press' questions, on questions ranging from Syria to Security Council reform even to Ban's Five Year Rule.

  Inner City Press asked for the third day in a row if Norway's Robert Mood is being paid by the UN or is already affiliated with Ban's Secretariat, since as US Ambassador Susan Rice confirmed to Inner City Press on Tuesday evening, Mood was in the Security Council consultations room that day. Del Buey has refused to answer for two days, and now said he may have something later.

  Inner City Press asked about the seemingly high reported compensation of UNDP's Helen Clark ($450,000) and even Assistant Rebecca Grynspan ($393,000), and if Ban's Five Year Mobility Rule applied to UNDP deputies like Grynspan.

  Del Buey said he would not answer about anybody's compensation -- strangely when public money is being spent -- and did not have an answer about Ban's Five Year Rule.

  Inner City Press has heard from sources that Colombia's Foreign Minister Holguín may be "in the mix" for a UN system USG job, perhaps at UNDP. Her most recent quote, after Obama's Secret Service imbrolio in Cartagena? Where there is a man, there is prostitution. Look for the UN tweak on this - watch this site.

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