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In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNESCO Election of Executive Body Chair Has Brazilian Gambit

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, Nov 22UNESCO, like the whole UN system under Antonio Guterres is falling apart in corruption and fraud.

  Inner City Press has been reporting on serious malfeasance by the French Audrey Azoulay administration at UNESCO in Paris, almost as bad as Antonio Guterres' corruption in and of the UN in New York. A fish rots from the head.

Last week, Inner City Press wrote about the political scheming orchestrated by the DG of UNESCO Frenchwoman Audrey Azoulay for influencing the elections of member states to the Executive Board (here)   

At UNESCO, the governing bodies are under French influence for years now, instead of governing or administering independently.  In recent days, this situation has worsened even more and DG Azoulay is scot-free for her dictatorial power over democratic processes, including the General Conference's election of Executive Board members, which she has no right to do.  Her intervention in these elections, without fear of sanctions, is striking. Today, the level of intervention has reached a new dimension.

To put things into perspective, a little history is in order. Earlier this year, DG Azoulay launched the Haitian ambassador into the political arena as her personal candidate for the presidency of the Executive Board. The young, inexperienced ambassador from a country without a government received no support other than from Congo Brazzaville and Djibouti, and despite all her promises to run to the bitter end, she withdrew her candidacy just in time to win a little sympathy in place of unambivalent scorn for her poor professional and academic background, young age and overweening ambition.

  Then, in order to ensure that the presidency of the Executive Board would be assumed by a docile puppet, the Argentine ambassador was asked by Azoulay to present her candidacy for the last two years of Azoulay's mandate.

 This plan also poorly failed. As in the case of Haiti, the Argentine ambassador vowed to stay in the race until the end, but in fact the end came two days before the election, just after DG Azoulay rightly realized that Argentina was going to lose this political contest. That's why today she put pressure on Brazil to nominate the Brazilian Ambassador to UNESCO for the top job.

                        UNESCO letter

 This is a first in the Paris Agency's history. A last-minute candidate for such a position is unheard of. And Brazil accepted only to please the French and DG Azoulay, knowing that it will most likely lose the position. For Brazil, a single day in the race is clearly a disadvantage.

It doesn't have time to campaign or consult capitals, simply hoping that Japan, France and other puppet countries will put pressure on the elected member states of the Executive Board, to shift their votes to Brazil.  On Friday November 24, we'll find out whether Saint Lucia, having won without a fight first against Haiti and then against Argentina, will democratically prevail over Brazil - the last-chance candidate of DG Azoulay.

As a high-ranking diplomat in Paris pointed out: "After today's latest developments, Saint Lucia's candidate is in fact unambiguously gaining additional support because light has been shed on the French delegation's usually secretive political maneuvering in favor of Azoulay's chosen candidate".  In fact, DG Azoulay herself has been making calls to various capitals in recent days in a desperate effort to boost her Argentine puppy's chances in the election.

As a member of her Cabinet made clear, Azoulay persists in the mistaken belief that she has a veto over the elections of sovereign member states. This is in fact a matter of grave concern, as Ms. Azoulay's failure to respect existing rules and practices jeopardizes the Agency's ethics and undermines member states' confidence in the credibility of a fair and democratic electoral process under Audrey Azoulay's mandate.

 It was obvious that the French Government, represented by the French Ambassador to UNESCO, Philippe Franc, will do everything possible to protect and please the French DG so that she can get away with murdering the Agency despite France's disastrous image as a host country.  

Today, Wednesday, Ambassador Franc was at pains to mobilize all the countries in favor of Brazil's election, after doing so for Argentina, and kept repeating that he had been appointed "to protect" Audrey Azoulay.

The question is, why does she need such political protection, and what does he need to protect her from so assiduously? What offenses should remain hidden? As end of mandates are always quite painful for all of her predecessors, we will certainly soon have all these aspects related to the “protection” of Azoulay by the French duly revealed. Watch this site.



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