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Amid Covid DG Azoulay Invites Filmers Inside UNESCO While Guterres Evades Quarantine

By Matthew Russell Lee & UNESCO sources

UN GATE, Nov 12 – Since February 2020, Inner City Pres is regularly ringing the bell about the outrageous neglect of the French administration of UNESCO regarding the risks of COVID infection, for example here.

 Then on the 5th of March, here, Inner City Press reported from souces that UNESCO was in turmoil after the revelation that staff members have been infected by COVID-19 because of negligence and profit-based decision making by the French DG Audrey Azoulay.

 Furthermore, on October 5th, Inner City Press also revealed that half of her closest collaborators from the Cabinet, including the Director of her cabinet Nicolas Kacyanides, got COVID-19 positive tests and that they were all quarantined at home until further notice.

But it came to the fore today that all that was not enough to change the way of behaving of DG Azoulay in facing the COVID pandemic risks.  At the time of the severe measures and restrictions imposed on human interactions aiming to limit the risks of spreading the infection, DG Azoulay gave a permission to film a French movie in the building of UNESCO next week.

Thus, the French DG duly authorized her compatriot movie director to shoot the scenes of the movie “Le trésor du petit Nicolas” ("The treasure of little Nicolas") on 16 and 17th of November at UNESCO.

We have no confirmation whether the “petit Nicolas” is actually about the Director of her Cabinet, Nicolas Kacyanides, but these days everything is possible at UNESCO.

UNESCO sources tell Inner City Press, “In her mind, there is obviously still a detrimental to UNESCO confusion between her previous life stances as short-term French minister of Culture, when she was defending French cinema  and the decisions that she is expected to take in her new capacity as Director general of UNESCO.” 

Member states were informed just a week ago by the gutless ADG for administration, Nicholas Jeffreys, that because of the severe restrictions even the small-scaled committee of the executive board – the CR committee (30 members, here) – cannot take place in UNESCO’s Room I, (capacity of 1500 seats).

 Now, it will be interesting to follow how will the same member states react when they will learn from Inner City Press that the restrictions valid for their governance related work are not applicable to the work of French movie makers. The Chair of the Executive board will have to ask tough questions to DG Azoulay about her authorization in the context of full restrictions and lockdown.  

It must also be underlined that this decision by Azoulay to authorize the filming over two days at the UNESCO premises is given in a sorrowful context with the passing away from COVID of the Ambassador of Argentina to UNESCO only days ago on 6th of November, after the same causes decease of the African representative that was already mentioned in our articles and the one of a UNESCO staff, with the unannounced contamination of several dozens staff members. The COVID crisis hit the corrupted UNESCO unprepared and poorly managed. Incompetence and greed of DG Azoulay put at great deadly risk the lives of staff members but also of permanent representatives of member states to the Paris based agency. What else needs to happen so that member states start questioning the privatization of UNESCO by the French DG is an open question.

 The whole UNESCO is in crisis because of the irresponsible managerial behavior of DG Azoulay and her senior team. No internal release of information yet about the film makers or about the current deceases and contaminations since the medical service of the Agency is under the imperative instruction from the Cabinet of the French DG Audrey Azoulay not to disclose any information on that issue in order to avoid panic and complaints against the administration for managing so poorly the crisis and for failing to protect the staff.

 This is Guterres' UN system, in which UNECE demands removal of articles it will not confirm or deny, and the UNDT thinks it can ban press and then demand the destruction of evidence.

And, on COVID, in which Guterres bragged to FOSS small states about evading quarantine, exposed by Inner City Press here.

   We will have more on that. Watch this site. 


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