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In UN of Guterres Tech Planner Suzuki *Merely Talked* To Wall Street Lobbyists Amid Censorship

By Matthew Russell Lee, Updated Aug 16

UNITED NATIONS GATE, August 15 – At the UN of Secretary General Antonio Guterres, top jobs are doled out to unqualified people based on favoritism, top officials like Ayaka Suzuki Director of Guterres' Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit slowly set their eyes on the greener pastures of Silicon Valley while in New York given speeches to Wall Street lobbying associations like SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. After days of receiving no answers to written questions from Guterres two spokesman - who have Inner City Press banned from "their" briefing for 44 days and counting -- Inner City Press ran a story, based on complaints it received from within in the UN it is banned from that Suzuki is wasting public money in Silicon Valley and, the sources said, had a formal board role in SIFMA. While leaving questions about, for example, Guterres' meeting with Cameroon lobbyists unanswered, on August 16 his lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric sent a partial answer - even on this, Inner City Press asked the cost, which has not been given -- which we publish in full. Question: "Please confirm that Ayaka Suzuki, Director of the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General is on the board of directors of a Wall Street lobbying group, SIFMA and unless you deny, please immediately explain how lobbying for the securities industry is consistent with UN rules and principles. Separately, please immediately provide your response to this, provided to Inner City Press by a whistleblower: Ayaka Suzuki “is almost living out of Silicon Valley these days! She persuaded Eosg to create a New Tech Way of Doing Business post so she can travel and do the bidding of the Silicon Valley.” Does this post exist? How much is spent on it? Does it consist of lobbying for Silicon Valley firms?"

Dujarric's lone answer, in full: "If you had bothered looked at the listing of Board Members of SIFMA, would have seen for yourself that Ayaka Suzuki not a member of the Board of that organization (  She represented the Deputy SG at one of their events on 7 February 2018 on financing the SDGs. Her remarks were delivered on behalf of the DSG. UN officials regularly speak at events to promote the work of the UN. These events are organized by governments, NGOs, private sector academia, the media etc… To make it perfectly clear, Ms. Suzuki had no contact with SIFMA before the event and has had no contact since. We would appreciate you correcting your stories on Ms. Suzuki, who you describe as a “moonlighting securities industry lobbyist.” That is clearly false and not rooted in any facts.
As part of her work in the Executive Office, she’s works on exploring new ways that fully embrace the technology that is available to us. It’s about working better. To claim that she “practically lives” in Silicon Valley is beyond ridiculous. I would appreciate posting this response in full." And it's done. Now what about the dozens of other unanswered questions and 44 days of censorship?

 As to non disclosure or confidentiality agreements in the UN Pension Fund audit committee, Dujarric did not see fit to answer that, and bans Inner City Press from his brieifng for 44 days. But such NDA practices are the subject of extensive media coverage a mere three hour train ride south, but at the UN the Press which reports on them is roughed up by Guterres UN Security and has been banned from entering the UN for 43 days and counting.

 Less than this is criticized, by the UN and in 100 upcoming August 16 editorials. But the UN's self-regulating mechanisms have become more corrupted under Guterres. This August 15 afternoon story is about moonlighting securities industry lobbyist Ayaka Suzuki, who at the UN is Director of Guterres' Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit. Beyond the Wall Street-ization of, and ouster of new media Inner City Press from, the UN under Guterres, Ayaka Suzuki is ironically promoting more use of technology by the UN, where Guterres has someone else tweeting for him (including kites, here) and his Communicator Alison Smale mostly just retweets her former employer the New York Times, while ghoulishly censoring the Press. Here's from Ayaka Suzuki's email leaked to Inner City Press and some of her report (the rest is on Patreon, here), cc-ed to such Guterres insiders and partners in censorship as
Fabrizio Hochschild and Maher Nasser, Smale's deputy who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, still, while seeing his vindictive threat to ban Inner City Press bearing fruit, hiding behind others:
"From: Ayaka Suzuki
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:20 PM
To: Pingfan Hong; Anja Therese Kaspersen; Christopher Fabian; Christopher King; David Kelly; doreen.bogdan (; Gillian Goh; kirkpatrick (; Kayoko Gotoh; Maher Nasser; Marion Barthelemy; Michele Griffin; Michelle Gyles-Mcdonnough; pinheiro (; Maloor, Preetam; Remo Lalli; Robert OPP; Simona Petrova-Vassileva; Teresa Whitfield; Kerstin Vignard; Peggy Lynn Hicks; James Cockayne; Hamid Rashid; Salem Avan; Pauwels, Eleonore; Josiane Toundzi Dzouankeu; Malin Oestevik; Claire Messina; Johanna JOCHIM
Cc: Fabrizio Hochschild; David Kelly
Subject: SG New Tech Strategy - final implementation plan
Dear Colleagues, Thank you for your participation in the Reference Group meeting on Monday and for those of you who submitted written feedback to the implementation plan.  It’s greatly appreciated.

 David Kelly has consolidated your feedback into a final draft and we kindly request your final review and provide comments to David ([  ] by Wednesday, 8 August  – recognizing that some entities may wish to add their names to certain actions.

 We will begin implementing many of the points next week and will continue to support those actions already ongoing.  Your participation in this roll-out will be critical and we count on your continuing commitment to this process!

Ayaka Suzuki
Director, Strategic Planning & Monitoring Unit
Executive Office of the Secretary-General
United Nations S-3752"

  From the leaked memo: "SG Strategy on New TechnologyImplementation Plan

Successful implementation of the SG’s Strategy for New Technology will enable the UN to more effectively support the responsible use of new technologies and accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

Evidence for success will be through the roll-out of outcome-driven activities under each Strategy’s four commitments – recognizing that many activities will support the achievement of multiple outcomes – and an organizational culture that welcomes innovation, openness and experimentation.

Commitment 1: Deepening the UN’s internal capacities and exposure to new technologies by leveraging existing and developing new technical skills and expertise, raising awareness of ethical and human rights dimensions of implementing new technology, and ensuring that senior UN leadership are supported in adopting innovative new technology solutions. This capacity will need to be backstopped by research on the impacts of new technology and the recruitment of staff with new technology experience into the UN system.

Outcome 1: The UN is recognized as a credible practitioner of new rights-respecting technologies" -
really? The UN respecting rights? We'll have more on this.

The August 15 morning Inner City Press story on UN corruption was about the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, whose Board met in Rome from July 26 to August 3. (The Rome-based publication Italian Insider has covered Guterres' censorship of Inner City Press, here, but those in charge of the UN Pension Funds' billions seems quite pleased or acquiescent to it. Guterres is overseeing and allowing UN litigation against Italian Insider.) On the Pension Fund corruption and cover up front, a recent audit, of the type Guterres has refused to start about the CEFC UN bribery scandal, showed that the Fund’s management used a $400,000 contract with a "Big Four consulting firm" - Inner City Press exclusively identified it as PWC before being roughed up and ousted from Guterres' UN -- to then procure an additional $1.8 million of unrelated services, which Inner City Press reported to be outside UN procurement rules. As the $1.8 million had not been subject to competitive bidding, the consulting firm billed extensively on hours for senior partners. But in Rome, this audit was not shared with UN Pension Board members. The Board’s audit committee, which was aware of the audits, chose not to disclose its views on these audits. The Audit Committee also withheld from the Board that the Fund’s management had not accepted recommendations from the Office of Internal Oversight Services, to which Inner City Press has repeatedly written throughout this summer of censorship, that would prevent such events from happening again. Those impacted say that audit committee members were required to sign a confidentiality agreement - echoes from 200 miles south.

   One recommendation coming out of the Rome UN Pension Board meeting is to give the UNJSPF Deputy CEO job to an under-qualified French candidate, Thibaud Beroud. The Deputy CEO post is important: the CEO of the Pension Fund has been out on extended sick leave, like Heidi Mendoza the head of OIOS. Beroud has worked at the French Senate's 3000 member pension fund for nine years -- but even the UN's job notice for the Deputy CEO position at the UNJSPF, with 200,000 members, requires a full 15 years of such experience. (Inner City Press is publishing the job notice and Beroud's French Linked in resume on Patreon, here.) But this is how the UN works, under Guterres. His Jan Beagle, who under the changes Guterres managed to get through the UN Budget Committee by remaining silent on killings by Committee Chair Tommo Monthe's Cameroon, will be responsible for see that (or if) Human Resources rules are followed, has been made aware of the problems but it is UNclear what she is doing about it. Ultimately as with the expanding UN sexual abuse and harassment scandals, the rot is due to Guterres, and his response has been... censorship.

Because the initial pretext of Guterres and his "Global Communication" ex-NYT bureau chief Alison Smale to rough up and ban Inner City Press, that it was prohibited from covering the UN Budget Committee meetings as it has for ten years, fell apart, Guterres' spokesman Farhan Haq told Fox News: “there have been a number of allegations from fellow journalists that Lee has harassed them over the years. 'A lot of journalists have not just been harassed but threatened by him and that’s a problem,' Haq said.”

   That last line is extraordinary. Without identifying a single one of these "lot of journalists," Haq declares their anonymous allegations to be true: "HAVE not just been harassed but threatened me him." This stands in contrast to the UN not accepting - in the case of Alison Smale and Stephane Dujarric, trying to not even acknowledge receiving - Inner City Press' written, on the record allegations complete with exhibits. It's called favoritism, and censorship.

  This same Farhan Haq recently answered one of Inner City Press' written questions, about why Guterres had taken no action on its documented exclusive May 24 report for which it received threats (and subsequent letter to Guterres and Smale) that through presumptive nepotism, management of the UN Security Council's website had been given to John van Rosendaal, the photographer husband of Kyoko Shiotani, the chief of staff of Guterres' Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, previously US Deputy Ambassador to the UN under Susan Rice and Samantha Power. Haq responded, "If there are allegations of misconduct they should be taken to the internal oversight offices and mechanisms. Unfounded allegations do not constitute a formal complaint." So how does Haq for the UN now deem anonymous allegations against Inner City Press not only as formal complaints, and as true?

  How corrupt has Guterres' UN become? Even the Security Council's website is a prize to quietly be given to a top official's spouse, with no competition or transparency. In May prior to being banned from the UN in July by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Inner City Press was exclusively informed by whistleblowers that Department of Political Affairs chief of staff Kyoko Shiotani's husband John van Rosendaal has been brought in to run the Council's website, as if the UN and its Security Council were a small business suffused in nepotism. After its reporting, Inner City Press was approached by a senior UN person and told to drop the story, or else. Then, in the middle of a speech by Guterres on June 22, Inner City Press was pushed out of the UN by UN Lieutenant Ronald E. Dobbins and four UN Emergency Response Unit officers who, equipped with automatic weapons, refused to give their names. On July 3, after a written alert by Inner City Press to Guterres and his team including about "irregularities in even how the UNSC's website is run," a more violent ouster and 23 day ban since. In the interim, more information from sources about the UN website corruption: "Further to your article, let me inform you that van Rosendaal was hired at a P5 level (something that takes a lifetime for career UN staff to accomplish). And that he won't be even making the web site, that will be done by another department, he will just show up to meetings from time to time. He has absolutely no expertise in design or development of web sites and will not make any contribution to the actual web site. His contract was again extended, and will probably get another extension after the new year. Similar sites done by DPI in the past were done with internal resources, no extra cost and usually by lower P level staff or G level staff. In addition to this he is asking for additional money to hire external contractors that are suppose to do some of the actual work." Inner City Press, from the bus stop in front of the UN Delegates Entrance where is it working since banned by Guterres, asked a follow up question, as it cannot due to UN Spokespeople given Guterres ban: "what has USG Rosemary DiCarlo (or anyone else) done about this, since it was exposed?" The reply: "Nothing much was changed. I believe only you reported it and they don't consider that as much negative exposure. So pretty much business as usual. This project is financially supported by the Dutch government and John is Dutch so... The total cost with his P5, the other offices involved and external contractors that John is hiring could reach probably close to half million dollars" or, we're told, double that. So it was simple for Guterres' (and it seems DiCarlo's) UN: do nothing about the blatant corruption, just rough up and ban the Press which alone reported on it. Finally on July 30, with Inner City Press still banned from the UN by Guterres for the 27th day in a row, Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq after the noon briefing Inner City Press could not attend emailed this, which we publish in full: "If there are allegations of misconduct they should be taken to the internal oversight offices and mechanisms. Unfounded allegations do not constitute a formal complaint. Mr. Van Rosendaal was hired via proper channels in accordance with standard procedures. He is fully qualified for the job. The Security Council website has not been “given” to anybody. Mr. Van Rosendaal is the project manager for SCAD. Other UN offices are also involved in this project.  We will leave it up to the Member State to announce its involvement, but Mr. Van Rosendaal’s position is outside the budget provided by the Member State. His nationality had nothing to do with his hiring." So it seems that the information provided to Guterres and his team on July 25 was not even passed on by him or his team to OIOS. We'll have more on this OIOS - watch this site. Back on May 24, before it was banned from the UN noon briefing by Guterres,  Inner City Press asked his spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: people that work in your UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) have been confused and surprised to see, according to them, that the husband of the Chief of Staff, Kyoko Shiotani, a John van Rosendaal, has been designated to run the Security Council's website.  They… they found it kind of strange because there was… there was no need for it.  He was brought in without any competition, according to them, and it seemed like a classic case of nepotism and affecting the Security Council itself.  So, I'm wondering… maybe you don't have the information at your fingertips, but can you find out how it is that… that it's… I've seen this thing.  He's now called a senior programme officer after being a self-employed consultant.

Spokesman:  I'm not aware of the case, and I'm sure all the rules were followed.  Carole?

Inner City Press:  How are you so sure?" This was not answered. On LinkedIn, van Rosendaal lists himself as “Strategic Communications Consultant at United Nations” as well as Self-Employed, Photographic Wanderings.

   Here is van Rosendaal's website, Photographic Wanderings dot com: “Professionally, I’ve worked as a journalist, media company manager and communications consultant. I plan to combine my passion and my expertise to build this site into something interesting, useful and entertaining. I’m originally Dutch but left Holland in 1989. Since then I’ve mostly lived in or close to New York, with stints in Switzerland, Cyprus and Austria.”

 He's a communications strategist with 39 Twitter followers. Now he's to run the Security Council's website. Why not?

  Inner City Press asks, how did this "self employed communications consultant" (with 39 Twitter followers) become, as his signature block now says, "Senior Program Officer, Security Council Affairs Division"?

  This is the UN of Antonio Guterres. Rosemary DiCarlo has just taken over at DPA. Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric banned Inner City Press from covering the ceremony where Dicarlo presumably pledged to serve the public. It is impossible to know since UNTV did not film it and Inner City Press was then and now banned from its own livestream Periscope broadcast on Guterres' 38th floor.

Now what will DiCarlo, or perhaps despite his spokesman's knee-jerk defenses of and evictions for anything the UN does Guterres who is already charged with overseeing cover ups of sexual harassment in the IAEA, do? Watch this site.


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