Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis



ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

Amid UN Budget Crunch, Unanswered Qs of Buyouts, Coverups & Recruitments

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 23 -- With the UN budget fight going into its last two days, the head of the UN's Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) Catherine Pollard has been sighted multiple times by Inner City Press outside of the closed door negotiations in North Lawn Conference Room 5.

  But a number of human resources question that Inner City Press posed nine days ago to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's top three spokesman remain unanswered. And so here are the questions themselves:

Dec14-4 Please confirm or deny that the director of OIOS stopped an investigation of UMOJA, including of the role of the former Under Secretary General for Management, and on what basis.

Dec14-3 What is the contractual status of Joan McDonald, retiree now acting as procurement official for UMOJA? How was she recruited, and how does this comport with the Secretary General's stated reforms on recruitment?

Dec14-2 Please respond to allegation that some people who are retiring are nevertheless given buyout packages of up to 18 months, and coached on how to write the "properly worded" memo, including [three names redacted in this format, but] see e-mail below.

  On this last, reflecting the state of this UN, Inner City Press has been shown e-mail directed to UN official Robert Orr stating

"With regard to our discussions on the buy-out package, I think that Adnan would be the best person to approach... buy-out packages get approved easily when the originating department i.e. EOSG and its Executive Office write to OHRM / Management endorsing the arrangement... Bob, I'd keep on praying or otherwise I might have to write some tawdry book about the UN. And believe me I've got plenty, plenty materials."

   Was this a joke or a threat?

   According to the e-mails shown to Inner City Press, Orr wrote back, "I've tried Adnan, but will try him again when I get back. Again, I'm sorry for the delay, but just wanted you to know I haven't forgotten. I did make inquiries and got nothing of value back."

   But then value, and more, was given out. It's a question of favoritism, as with the UMOJA procurement officer who was involved in a previous UN procurement scandal. This is how the UN works, including not answering questions.

   Inner City Press reported on Friday morning that on a $8.7 million budget proposal to "implement Rio+20," on Thursday the European Union and Japan proposed to cut that budget to zero. This gave rise to howls among the Group of 77 and China, and accusations that the EU and Japan are hypocrites on sustainable development and the environment.

 Inner City Press went to Friday's noon briefing and asked, "given how important sustainable development is to the Secretary-General and his statements, it’s been proposed by Japan and the European Union to cut funding for the implementation of Rio+20 to zero. This was a proposal made by the two, by Japan and the EU, yesterday and it seems to me… what is… does the Secretariat think about no implementation of Rio+20?"

Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey: Well, Matthew, I am not going to get into a budget discussion until we find out what the General Assembly decides.

Inner City Press: But can you say that there will be a Secretariat statement on the budget when it comes up?

Deputy Spokesperson: If the Secretariat believes that the… that a statement is warranted, one may be issued, but I can’t promise you anything on that.

  Now we can report that they also proposed that, not to be "absorbed" like Rio+20, the budget should including $40,000 for a consultant on the arms trade treaty. More screams of hypocrisy. And so it goes at the UN.

  As of Saturday night, re-costing and the performance review report remained in contention. The three unanswered questions above were submitted on December 14 less than two hours after Ban's lead spokesman refused to answer Inner City Press' question, on behalf of the Free UN Coalition for Access, about the United Nations Correspondents Association violating its Constitution.

   Nesirky, despite the UN's partnership, refused to answer on this, saying, "I don’t think that you could ever accuse me or my Office of not providing you with access and providing you with answers...  I will simply not be involved in your difficulties, meaning between the United Nations Correspondents Association and yourself or others."

   We now have more on this, how the UNCA regime tries to handpick its successors while the UN is allowed to not answer questions, even to try to seize the microphone to avoid the questions being asked, video here. Watch this site.

Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-253, UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2012 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]