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In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNOPS Sanitation Fund Is Dirty, Dutch Kaag Has Been Informed

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 24 – How corrupt is the United Nations under Antonio Guterres, who to censor has banned Inner City Press 1218 days? Today consider this story of corruption, mismanagement, racism and other serious abuses within the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UNOPS (UN Office for Project Services)-hosted entity.

 This story, like so many others, is provided to banned Inner City Press by UN whistleblowers; the UN of Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuse to answer written question or even law firm letters. It is total impunity and corruption.

After 30 years of existence, WSSCC was shut down at the end of 2020 to become the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF). The transition to SHF was a disaster, because it was characterized by a long series of illegalities that led to the destruction of most of the workforce, with the exception of the authors of the crimes and their closest acolytes.

The Executive Director of UNOPS, Grete Faremo of Norway, was informed all of this corruption. However, she did not intervene to bring the illegalities to an end and to protect whistleblowers according to UNOPS' own whistleblowers protection policy. So hte information was provided to donors fraud and anti-corruption hotlines (including SIDA, MINBUZA i.e. the MFA of the Netherlands, NORAD and SDC - Swiss Cooperation). 

However, despite the fact that even an internal investigation conducted by the UNOPS Internal Audit and Investigation Group (IAIG) concluded since February 2021 that the members of the senior management of the WSSCC (now SHF) were responsible of financial mismanagement, including multiple irregularities in recruitment procedures and procurement fraud, and despite the additional abundant written evidence of corruption and other abuses, donors have recently made the decision to continue supporting financially the UNOPS Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF, formerly WSSCC). 

There is also a pending case in the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) concerning the context in which the decisions leading to the set-up of the SHF were made, and their validity. Among other serious issues that the internal UNOPS investigation disregarded, that were brought to the attention of the UNDT, there is written evidence of the corruption and conflict of interest of the Chair of the WSSCC/SHF Board.

  From the end of 2019, the current Deputy Director of the SHF, Ms. Sue Coates, with the complicity of the Director, Mr. Dominic O'Neill (hired by Sue Coates when she was Executive Director a.i.), and senior UNOPS officials in Geneva, New York and Copenhagen who work directly with Grete Faremo (which explains why Ms. Faremo did not take any action), paid illegally over 200.000 USD/year to the Chair, Ms. Hind Khatib Othman, to make or influence a series of other illegal decisions concerning the SHF organogram.   In addition, there is written evidence of the pressures and intimidation of some African members of the Board who were raising good governance issues (for instance, a WSSCC employee called the Minister of Health of Uganda, a recipient of large Dutch-sponsored WSSCC Global Sanitation Fund grants, to ask her to intimidate the Ugandan member of the Board who had raised accountability issues), and of a widespread climate of racism, harassment and discrimination across the organization.   Given the above, the completion of the case before UNDT may in the near future have impacts on the validity of the decisions made to establish the SHF.

However this does not seem to be an issue neither for Ms. Faremo nor for donors.  As a result, the persons who committed the above-mentioned offences are still in place at UNOPS/SHF.

Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (the main WSSCC donor) was asked to have a personal assessment of the situation and consider to make the decision to halt funding to the SHF.

Under Grete Faremo's tenure, none of the persons who requested the Ethics' Office intervention were granted protection. Watch this site.


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