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In Corrupt UN Of Guterres Crisis Deepens at UNESCO Including Its Security Service As DSS

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, Nov 8 – Inner City Press has already written several times about the controversial management of the crisis in UNESCO's security service, generated by the incompetent decisions of its chief, Frenchman Nicolas Hergot.

 Today, a UNESCO staff association alerted us to a new peak in the crisis reached by the administration of the security service with the dismissal without notice, four days ago, of one of the security staff members. "We are deeply shocked," said a staff member. "We don't understand how UNESCO could have reached so rapidly that level of tolerance of irregularities. The staff member in question had nearly 20 years of service without the slightest negative comment on the quality of his performance.

 His only 'sin' was to ask for an explanation of Hergot's recent decisions, and he did so within the rules", added our source.  This is the deep trouble where UNESCO is today, as is the entire UN. The rules are only applied in cases when it suits the administration.

 In most other cases, misconduct is fully covered up. In addition, another serious incident was reported during the recent night session of UNESCO's Executive Board, which occurred when several renovation workers entered the restricted UNESCO premises without any security checks. Security personnel were not ordered to intervene and the ambassadors had to take care of their own security. Despite the number of obvious violations of all security rules, despite the despicable working athmospere at the security service, despite the number of challenges to its management practices, Director General Audrey Azoulay still maintains Hergot in his position. Another example of French solidarity at work.

  The Head of the Service Hergot was even allowed to go on leave the last week before the major event for UNESCO, its General conference. A laxity that has never been observed before. These serious errors, potentially endangering the safety of staff, ministers and ambassadors, will most probably not be followed by disciplinary measures. Moreover, Nicolas Hergot decided to entrust the responsibility for most of the security services, including during the General Conference, to the private - and of course French - company PROTECTIM. 

 The contract signed by UNESCO with PROCTON was examined by the Headquarters Committee of Member States and some of them objected to it. How far should the corruption of the security service go and how many incidents should occur before the member states decide to react to the disorganization of the security service which is responsible for their own protection.

Inner City Press has also been informed of Nicolas Hergot's decision to terminate all contracts for UNESCO's temporary security guards operating on supernumerary contracts.  

Aimed at justifying the hiring of the French company PROTECTIM, this hostile move further weakens the security unit. The alarming security situation at UNESCO is not new.

But it is now reaching new levels of incompetence and disorganization. Yet, as one internal source put it, "Despite firm instructions from his superiors, Nicolas Hergot, a product of the French police, will hardly be able to adapt his French police style to UNESCO's international environment. His appointment is a mistake. He is destroying our service".

This is clearly a case study in how the French DG is imposing a French modus operandi on UNESCO.  DG Azoulay's usual puppies, Human Resources Director Kazumi Ogawa and ADG for Management Nicholas Jeffreys, instead of addressing the infirmities of the security service, will continue to put intimidating pressure on its staff members, who now have even less and less room to defend themselves after the brutal firing of one of their colleagues. The message they all got is crystal clear: either keep your mouth shut or you're out. 

  This is UNESCO today - a UN agency propitious to the flourishing of anti-democratic governance, corruption, anti-constitutional political moves, sexual performances-based promotions, abuse of power and nepotism. It mirrors the worse, far worse, UN Secretariat of Guterres which also engages in censorship, roughing up and banning the Press Guterres doesn't like, like any dictator. We will have more on that. 


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