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In Corrupt UN Of Guterres UNESCO Azoyulay On Publicly Paid Venice Junket Like SG in Lisbon

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, April 19 – Inner City Pres has been reporting on serious malfeasance by the Azoulay administration at UNESCO in Paris, almost as bad as Antonio Guterres' corruption in and of the UN in New York.

This week, however, we are left in dismay as to how to report the latest insider information from UNESCO's Venice office. Staff members are outraged by the total lack of integrity of their DG Audrey Azoulay and her Chief of Cabinet Nicolas Kassianides. 

It emerges, that because of the interest of DG Azoulay, who is a former French Minister of Culture, in several cultural events taking place this week in Venice, Italy, she has instructed her Cabinet and Venice office staff to also organize a cruise for herself, her husband and her two children, all disguised as ‘professional activity’.

 The yacht already rented for the 5-day stay of the family was paid for by UNESCO's regular budget as well as the travel and the hotels. In order to conceal the fraud to his best, Director of Cabinet Kassianides gave the order to take the funds intended to pay for the vacation of his boss and fellow citizen Audrey Azoulay from the Culture sector of the Agency, instead of using the funds available for her within the Cabinet.

Too bad for DG Azoulay, this budgetary maneuver proved insufficient for secreting the financial misappropriation.  Member States may still have nothing to say about this, as usual.

It has been foreshadowed by Antonio Guterres repeated junkets on public funds to Lisbon, with unneeded guards, and banning the Inner City Press which asks.

So let's put three concrete questions to those of them who have a more identifiable responsibility in the governing bodies of UNESCO in their capacity as members of the Bureau of the Executive Board - namely the ambassadors of Germany, Poland, Argentina, China, India, Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: 

1) Is it acceptable to you that UNESCO's regular budget approved by the General Conference for the Culture Sector is now used to rent a yacht for DG Azoulay and her family? 

2) Reportedly, the shipping company used to organize the Azoulay family's vacation could be linked to Russian owners. Do you consider it important to verify this aspect as it could violate the international sanctions against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine and jeopardize the financial credibility and general reputation of UNESCO?

 3) In accordance with the United Nations legal framework for addressing non-compliance with UN standards of conduct, would you ask IOS to investigate this case, given that under IOS's own mechanisms, all cases of fraud against UNESCO programs and budgets or involving UNESCO staff must be duly investigated?  It has already been pointed out that in recent times, several heads of UN agencies have resigned after their mismanagement, corruption and abuse of power files got exposed.

 The former Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, stepped down six months before the expiration of his term because of defective leadership that tolerated “a culture of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power”. The head of the UN Palestinian refugee agency, Pierre Krähenbühl, resigned after a scandal involving accusations of nepotism and abuses of authority. The UN’s environment chief, Erik Solheim, was fired following his internal rule-breaking.

 The UN biodiversity Chief, Cristiana Pasça Palmer, resigned after leaked internal audit documents described that Pasça Palmer discriminated African staff members on the basis of their race.  With her yacht vacation paid for by UNESCO, DG Azoulay faces tough questions about the accountability problem within the organization, but also about her management style of corruption and abuse of power.

The most obvious solution is for her to join the above list of failed UN agency heads and leave UNESCO before her term ends. We will have more on that. Watch this site. 


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