the UN, Dow Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
UNITED NATIONS, July
25 -- How much would a corporation whose brand resonates with Agent Orange and
Napalm, and which acquired in 1999 Union Carbide and liability for the deaths it
caused in Bhopal, India, pay to be praised by the United Nations?
past two days on the East River behind the UN building, a tugboat has pushed a
barge with a billboard bearing Dow Chemical's red diamond logo. On the second
day, Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal carried an article, "Dow Chemical Plans
Measures to Be More Green." The article quotes UN official Amir Dossal that
"what companies like Dow are doing will raise the bar for others."
Dossal, the head of the UN Foundation for International Partnership, is
described in one of his
as the UN's "point person for partnerships with the private sector, foundations
and civil society." Assuming that civil society includes global membership
organizations like Amnesty International, it's worth nothing that in May 2006,
protested Dow's annual shareholders'
meeting, on Dow's continued
failure to address the victims of Bhopal.
fourth floor of the UN on Tuesday, Dow was praised over lunch by Mr. Dossal
along with Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown, who said of Dow: "we
endorse it." He apologized for the absence of Kofi Annan, in Rome on the issue
of Lebanon. It's worth noting that just before he flew to Italy, Mr. Annan spent
an hour and forty-five minutes meeting with the chief executives of
pharmaceutical companies in the UN's Conference Room 7, after which neither he
nor the CEOs took any questions from the press.
the corporate looking glass
purpose of the lunch, which included vegetable lasagna and either a burrito or a
spring roll to the side of crouton-ed salad, was for Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris
to announce Dow Chemical's sponsorships of Blue Planet Run's around-the-word
relay in June 2007. A video was shown, on plasma big-screen televisions.
Children from Public School 116 came in to recite lines about clean water.
Wall Street Journal dutifully reported, "last month, the company acquired
Zhejiang Omex Engineering Co. of China for an undisclosed amount because, Dow
officials said, the smaller company specializes in water-purification systems."
As Mark Malloch-Brown said, "This is a business proposition."
questions raised is how decides what corporations are invited into the UN? Inner
City Press asked this question earlier this month with respect to a program
under which the
UN's refugee agency "teamed up" with
Societe Generale in an
investment in a fund controlled by Ivan Pictet, who is on the
UN Investment Committee for the UN staff's
answer, after days of telephone calls and unreturned emails, came from Mark
Malloch-Brown, through the Secretariat's spokesman's office: "This case
highlights the complexities of the UN's partnerships with the private sector and
so current guidelines and practices of various funds and agencies and programs
will be reviewed" to try to avoid "potential conflicts of interest" and misuses
of UN logos.
receipt of that statement from the Secretariat's spokesman's office, Inner City
Press wrote to another UN agency, the World Tourism Organization, asking for
comment and documents
regarding the press release last week, "UN
tourism agency teams up with Microsoft to boost African tourism,"
on which [the] contact [is the] Special Advisor to the Secretary-General. The
request is for a explanation of the arrangement between the World Tourism
Organization and Microsoft, and separately, for a copy of the written agreement
between the World Tourism Organization and Microsoft. While it shouldn't need to
be said, promoting tourism in Africa is laudable and needed, and Microsoft is a
corporation with a venerable track record, but whether "teaming up" is the
appropriate public description of this partnership is a matter we'd like you to
comment on, along with the above-requested information. If possible, we'd also
like you to comment on whether you believe that the UN World Tourism
Organization (and other UN affiliated agencies) receive sufficient guidance on
engaging with corporations, and any suggestions you'd like to make in this
after this request was sent, the following response was received:
From: gl [at] st-ep.com
To: matthew.lee [at] innercitypress.com;
glipman [at] unwto.org [and two UN lawyers and one spokesperson]
Sent: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 4:00 PM
Subject: RE: Document & comment request re
press release re UN Tourism Agency "Teams Up" with Microsoft
Dear Mr. Lee
The key issues in the PPP between UNWTO
and Microsoft, as we see, them are the following:
The agreement is designed to support
the MDGs and is in the spirit of MDG 8
It is voluntary, non exclusive, carries
no specific financial commitments, does not allow any use of our logo without
agreement and provides for project defined activities based on the UNWTO work
program and other international pro development initiatives.
It aims to capitalise on links between
2 "catalysing sectors" Tourism and ICT
It strengthens UNWTO's capacity to
develop "e" programs in many areas of our mission that we otherwise would not be
able to undertake so effectively, without committing us to any Microsoft systems
or products unless we so choose.
By initially focusing on Africa it puts
the emphasis where it is most needed because tourism can bring export income,
infrastructure, jobs and new hope for poverty reduction. As you rightly note
this is a laudable goal and Microsoft has a venerable track record.
The first projects are both designed to
meet defined needs from our work program and intensive consultations held with
Member States over the past year.
The portal for Africa developed with
NEPAD will give an immediate new potential for African States and Communities to
showcase their products through a new dynamic channel.
The Emergency Response System will
allow us to respond to all types of crisis by providing consolidated information
in a way which will help tourist administrations, tourists and concerned
stakeholders. Its primary target of avian flu will be a key component in
industry wide preparedness program.
In addition we ate starting to explore
development of an eTourism curriculum for schools and other educational systems
designed to provide opportunities for young people in poor counties, where none
We have no comment on the use of the
expression "teams" and we don't have any problem with working closely with the
private sector -- indeed the Constitution of the UNWTO specifically provides for
direct involvement in our activities of the Private Sector and we have a
vibrant, growing group of companies affiliated to UNWTO as well as academic
institutions and ngo's.
We are quite open to "guidance" on
relations with the private sector -- though at the present we feel we deal with
this in a responsible fashion under the oversight of our governance bodies --
and we try to do it efficiently and fairly, as in all our cooperative
requested documents, copies of the agreement, have yet to be provided. For now
we'll only note that Microsoft is one of eleven corporations lists as "Corp
Partners " on the UN Foundation for International Partnerships
CISCO Systems www.cisco.com
Coca Cola www.coca-cola.com
Aveda Corporation www.aveda.com
Equal Access www.equalaccess.org
American Electric Power www.aep.com
British Petroleum www.bp.com/
Hewlett Packard www.hp.com/
beat with continue.
Tuesday's noon briefing, Inner City Press
asked the spokesman office to
try to get a response from Kofi Annan to the issues raised in (the margin of)
the Reuters article about Peter Karim, kidnapper of seven UN peacekeepers, being
made a colonel in the Congolese army. We'll see.
Monday's noon briefing,
Jan Egeland's implacable deputy Margaret Wahlstrom made the New York portion of
the UN's flash appeal for Lebanon. Fuel pricing there have risen by 600%, due
to the bombing of gas stations and storage points, and the need for fuel to run
back-up generators. Inner City Press asked if Jan Egeland will be visiting the
bombed-out Gaza power plant. "That is the plan," was the answer, pending
approvals. We'll see.
On a less
dramatic front, Friday the UN announced that its representative in Iraq Ashraf
Qazi had been cleared in full. The UN statement criticizes the unnamed
ex-employee who complained about Qazi's conduct, saying that a reprimand will be
placed in the ex-employee's permanent file (so he or she can never again work
for the UN).
question is raised: how is it that the treatment of the Qazi case and
complainant does not cast a chill on future prospective whistleblowers, whatever
the UN's new written policy states?
after inquiries we can report the reappearance of sushi for sale in the Austria
cafe in the UN conference building basement. It disappeared, sources say,
because the supplier had to be re-accredited. Welcome back! The new plastic
trays say Daruma of Tokyo. In light of Monday's Security Council straw poll of
the so-far only four candidates to be the next Secretary-General (the real
question regarding which is, which mission leaked it?) we close as we began,
with a question: who'll next be running this casa de sushi? Sashi?
Update 10 p.m. July
25 -- In the aftermath of UNFIL deaths in Lebanon, the lights burned bright on
the UN's 37th floor. Howeve as of 10 p.m. no statement would issue...
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UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439
Reporter's mobile: 718-716-3540
Kofi Annan Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
24 -- When does allowing a warlord who kidnapped UN peacekeepers to become a
colonel in the Congolese national army scream of not only of impunity but
distraction, disinterest and lack of attention? At what point does hoping for
the best become denial and sweeping under the rug?
the UN's Kofi Annan was asked about the Congo, as he rushed by in a hallway to a
meeting with corporate executives, and from there to Rome to discuss the Middle
East. Over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mr. Annan's
envoy William Lacy Swing said that the UN is "not overly anxious" about violence
in Ituri in Eastern Congo in the run-up to the July 30 election. But the
problems have gone beyond violence. One week before the vote, churches all over
began to preach of
if concerns of vote-rigging for current president Joseph Kabila are not
Monday's noon briefing at UN Headquarters, Kofi
spokeswoman was asked what the UN is doing in the face of the churches'
boycott calls, and about the
reported stoning of UN vehicles accompanying
Kabila in the southern province of Kasai. Very gently, the spokeswoman recounted
Kofi Annan's visit to the DRC some weeks ago, including speaking with the
churches. But if the churches, now a week before the vote, are calling for
boycott, past communications may be not guarantee of future success, as they
asked pointedly if the UN Mission has spoken with the churches which are
preaching about boycott. The spokeswoman said she would check. Near deadline
the following was received:
"Matthew, The SRSG in the DR Congo has
commented on the call by local priests that Congolese boycott the elections. Mr.
Swing has called that move 'untimely.' He has also said that tremendous progress
has been achieved in preparing for the election and that the DRC 'is arguably
the only sub-region in Africa that has always lacked any centre of political
stability and because of the size of this country, with nine neighbors, it is
the only country that can give it that stability.'"
remains to be seen what Mr. Swing means by "untimely." There is a legalistic
meaning, meaning "raised too late." Or he may mean, "raised at an unfortunate
time." But the criticisms have long been raised. Wanting stability is not the
same thing as achieving it.
UN blue helmets in Congo
City Press last week asked if the UN was aware, when its seven kidnapped
peacekeepers were released earlier this month, that the warlord who took them
hostage would be
made a colonel in the Congolese army.
The response included references to "no ransom" and "we did not try to have any
conditions attached." Written requests for on-the-record comment from the UN
Department of Peacekeeping Operations remain outstanding. The election is six
context, Inner City Press waited more than an hour outside Conference Room 7 in
the UN Headquarters basement, hoping to ask Secretary-General Kofi Annan if he
knew about Peter Karim. On May 30 at a then-more-frequently stakeout by the
Secretary-General, Inner City Press asked about the peacekeepers, and Kofi Annan
named Peter Karim, saying he would be held "personally accountable. From the
video at Minutes 13:40 - 15:25, and
Inner City Press question: "On the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, what's being done for the 7 peacekeepers that
were taken hostage in Ituri? And also, over the weekend, the UN military head in
Bunia said elections can't really be held in this type of circumstance? What can
be done in the run-up to elections to make it more?"
Secretary-General answer: "It is tragic
what happened in Bunia and we lost one Nepalese and three are wounded and about
seven are missing. And we have been in touch with Karim's group -- we think that
is the group holding them, and demanding their release. And hopefully, we will
get them released. But Karim and others who get involved in these sort of
activities, must understand that they will be held accountable, as Lubanga has
been picked up and is now in the hands of the ICC [International Criminal
Court]. They will be held individually accountable for these brutal acts."
four days later, as Mr. Annan left the Conference Room where he'd been meeting
with pharmaceutical executives for more than an hour, Inner City Press
approached with a "Congo question." One of two bodyguards motioned to stay back.
As Mr. Annan exited from the bathroom, Inner City Press gave him wide latitude,
only asking "Peter Karim?"
gestured that he was otherwise occupied, that his mind was full. "I've got the
pharmaceutical," he said.
City Press of the week prior's article, "Congo
Rebel to Lay Down Arms, Become Army Colonel."
The question in the margin: personal accountability? (May 30, 2006). Or
impunity. And contact information. We'll see.
Annan met with executives from, among others,
GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson,
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck (which for those counting was up fully 4.6% on
the day, higher than absent rival Pfizer's 3.4%. One wag said perhaps the trip
to the UN was too arduous for Pfizer.
waiting, rudimentary research shows that Peter Karim was described as a thief of
the DRC's resources in the 2002 UN Report " Uganda's illegal resource
exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," S/2002/1146, at
Paragraphs 98 and 116 --
"98. The elite network operating out of
Uganda is decentralized and loosely hierarchical, unlike the network operating
out of Rwanda. The Uganda network consists of a core group of members including
certain high-ranking UPDF officers, private businessmen and selected rebel
leaders/administrators. UPDF Lieutenant General (Ret.) Salim Saleh and Major
General James Kazini are the key figures. Other members include the Chief of
Military Intelligence, Colonel Noble Mayombo, UPDF Colonel Kahinda Otafiire and
Colonel Peter Karim. Private entrepreneurs include Sam Engola, Jacob Manu Soba
and Mannase Savo and other Savo family members. Rebel politicians and
administrators include Professor Wamba dia Wamba, Roger Lumbala, John Tibasima,
Mbusa Nyamwisi and Toma Lubanga.
"116. Trinity Investment’s local
transporters in Bunia, the Savo family group among others, carry agricultural
products, wood and cattle from Bunia to Kampala exempt from UPDF toll barriers
and export taxes. Trinity investment also works with another front company under
the name of Sagricof to fraudulently evacuate wood from North Kivu and the Ituri
area. Tree plantations have been raided in the areas of Mahagi and Djugu along
the north-eastern border with Uganda. Concerned citizens and research by local
nongovernmental organizations have identified Colonel Peter Karim and Colonel
Otafiire, in addition to the Ugandan parliamentarian Sam Ngola, as key figures
in the illegal logging and fraudulent evacuation of wood."
The UN has
other, even more personal and damning information on Karim. So, when does
allowing a warlord who kidnapped UN peacekeepers to become a colonel in a
national army scream of not only of impunity but distraction, disinterest and
lack of attention? At 5:15 p.m., after having devoted an hour and forty-five
minutes to corporate executives, Kofi Annan swept away through the hall, bound
for Rome and not Bunia, head filled with
not the Congo, with an article and question. We'll see.
the UN Poorest Nations Discussed, Disgust at DRC Short Shrift, Future UN
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
20 -- The plight of the 50 least developed countries on Earth was the topic of
discussion Thursday at the UN, at the margins of dueling stakeouts between the
Ambassadors of the U.S. and Lebanon, Israel, Peru and Kofi Annan's band of three
envoys to the Middle East.
In from the
Palais des Nations in Geneva, the UN's Charles Gore spoke with passion and at
length about how countries in Africa are now inundated with food exported by
more developed countries which subsidize its production and export.
responding directly to
Inner City Press' request
for his analysis of the World Trade Organization regime and protectionism and
subsidies by Europe and the U.S., Mr. Gore noted that fully 47% of aid actually
transfers capital to the beneficiary nation. For the U.S.'s aid, said Mr. Gore,
only 10% involves capital transfer. The rest is debt cancellation, emergency and
food aid and "technical assistance," which is often just a transfer to the donor
nation's own technocrats, as Ugandans have complained of the UNDP's aid.
Herat per UNHCR
reported increase in aid is largest attributable, Mr. Gore said, to Afghanistan
and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC. Out on the second story's main
floor, the DRC and its looting for resources for armed insurgent groups was on
the Security Council's agenda. Due to the Lebanese crisis and briefing by Kofi
Annan, the DRC agenda was by all accounts rushed through. A three page draft
resolution was perfunctorily dropped by the head of the sanctions committee
Oswaldo de Rivero, the UN envoy from Peru.
Rivero also came to the stakeout, to speak of Lebanon. He sounded suspiciously
Boltonesque, stressing that it is impossible to negotiate a ceasefire with a
terroristic group. Earlier Amb. Bolton went further, asking what a ceasefire
would mean to any non-elected government. Given the number of UN member states,
including U.S. allies, which are not democracies, it seemed a loaded question.
Amb. Rivero's stakeout,
Inner City Press asked what countries were pushing-back on the proposals for a
ceasefire or cessation of hostilities in Lebanon. He answered non-committally
that the Council is united, at least on matters humanitarian. After the
stakeout, at he re-entered the Council chamber, Inner City Press asked him why
Peru had abstained from the Gaza resolution on July 13. "Because these two are
connected," Amb. Rivero answered, gesturing into the Council.
They have to be solved together," he said.
wasn't that you thought the resolution should be directed less at Tel Aviv?"
"No, no," Amb. Rivero insisted. "It was because Lebanon had to be included.
That's the only reason we abstained."
Perhaps... Substantively on the Congo, while still awaiting straight answers,
more information emerged Thursday about the UN's negotiations with Peter Karim,
who parlayed the kidnapping of seven UN peacekeepers into a job as a colonel in
the DCR army. Not only did Karim demand shoes, and lots of them -- he also
insisted that his motorcycle be returned to him by Congolese authorities. The
bike was returned. And then, Peter Karim was offered a position as colonel in
the Congolese national army.
Improvements in staff justice? Thursday afternoon there was a sparsely attended
the Redesign Panel on the UN Internal Justice System. Five of the members of the
Panel presented their proposal, which would they said provide faster and more
professional justice. Inner City Press asked if the cases and results would be
public, unlike the current system. Mary Gaudron, currently a judge for the
International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal, answered the hearings
would be public as would be results, unless the judge "in the interest of
justice" decided otherwise. Inner City Press asked about some current cases; a
colleague correspondent of shall we say school boyish charm asked about bringing
the corrupt to justice. With questions still unasked, the briefing was brought
to a close. One of yesterday's questions, however, received a one-line answer.
"In response to your question from yesterday: the Deputy Secretary-General met
with members of the Iraq Revenue Watch as part of his briefings to understand
better the issues related to the preparation of the International Compact for
Iraq." Alright, then. To be continued.
as World Unravels Gives Space to Ivory Coast's Gbagbo and Others
Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
14 -- The world, it is reported here and elsewhere, is unraveling. And as the UN
Security Council remains this Friday night on hold, canceling a meeting
scheduled for 5 pm so that the Permanent Five Plus Japan can meet at the U.S.
mission, in the wider world there are grabs to take or cling to power. In Cote
D'Ivoire, for example, the process of identification for the already-postponed
election now slated for October 30 was supposed to begin this week. It did not
UN, Inner City Press asked the Security Council president Jean-Marc de La
Sabliere about events in Ivory Coast. The French mission provides this
Inner City Press Q: On Côte d’Ivoire, the
identification process has been suspended. Do you have a comment?
Amb. de La Sabliere A: "This is a great
concern. What the Council has done this month is to listen and react to a
briefing from Mr. Guéhenno who was in Banjul and Yamoussoukro with the Secretary
General. We are now preparing a PRST to support the conclusions of the
Yamoussoukro meeting where new commitments were made. We want those commitments
to be implemented. The PRST will be adopted, I hope, very early next week. Next
step: the GTI will meet in Abidjan on the 20th of July. The Council will meet on
"Going back to your question: the
identification is a major element of the agreement. It was agreed upon by the
parties of Côte d’Ivoire that identification and disarmament would go along. So,
we cannot organize elections if the identification process is not done. So,
identification is important, and the Council will have to assess what happened
yesterday. As French Ambassador, I can say that the PRST will take that into
Q2: As French Ambassador, would it be your
view that if elections are not held…?
A2: "My answer is that there will be a
Summit in September. We will see what happens then."
Unless of course
there are other higher profile crises in September... In the run-up to the 90
p.m. let down, at 5 p.m. the press corps assembled for a scheduled Council
consultation. Then cell phones and Blackberries went off, announcing the meeting
was cancelled. In the lull before the 9:40 conclusion (see above), the stakeout
scuttlebutt, at least among reporters, was that the U.S. veto on Thursday
emboldens China to veto the draft Chapter 7 resolution on North Korea. Also in
the lull, some drifted over to stakeout the U.S. mission. Others retired to the
Delegates' Lounge, where Inner City Press Friday interviewed the Permanent
Observer from Palestine, Riyad Mansour, who confirmed Inner City Press' finding
that the U.S. government's Overseas Private Insurance Corporation insured the
Gaza power plant, since Enron built it, click
here for that
UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with
Microsoft, and UNDP Continues
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, July
13 -- The UN under Kofi Annan has increasingly worked with corporations.
Questions have been raised about background checks and safeguards. A day after
Inner City Press reported that the UN's Geneva-based refugee agency had not
known that Swiss banker Ivan Pictet is on the UN Investment Committee when the
UNHCR Kashmir Relief Note placed money with the Pictet Funds India Equity fund,
the agency's spokesman mused, "Isn't the UN Investment Fund based in New York?"
City Press asked if it would have been helpful to UNHCR if the UN system had a
database of the companies controlled by the outside business people who serve on
bodies like the UN Investment Committee. A Google search for that committee and
Pictet found close to nothing. It appears that there is no easy way to find who
is on the UN Investment Committee.
Ron Redmond answered that that it would "have been helpful to have that type of
information... For UNHCR to look it up is labor intensive, with all the possible
company names." He later added in writing, "Any additional information on
prospective corporate partners is of course always welcome; it would facilitate
our screening processes." Mr. Redmond states that UNHCR was never required to
ask SocGen to cease using the UNHCR visibility logo, in part because the
brochure that it was on was only intended to be used for a brief period. But
records show that individuals high in UN Headquarters chided UNHCR for the use
of such terms as UNHCR "teams up" with SocGen. Despite this in-house chiding, or
perhaps because the chiders refuse in their defensiveness to comment for the
record, this practice continues in the UN system to this day, literally. Click
view the UN's World Tourism Organization's July 12, 2006 press release, "UN
tourism agency teams up with Microsoft,"
which was published on the UN News Center just as UNHCR SocGen-derilab's April
5, 2006 press release was. They just keep teaming up.
As the UN
increasingly has intercourse with corporations, basic safeguards are still not
in place. Inner City Press has previously reported on the lack of background
checks when corporations are allowed to join the UN Global Compact, and has
twice been rebuffed in requests to interview or ask questions of corporate CEOs
who have come to meet the Secretary General or on other Global Compact business.
spokeswoman Marie Okabe was asked if any of the individuals in the Secretariat
who were asked to comment on the UNHCR - Pictet - Societe Generale transaction
had in fact spoken or provided guidance. We're still working on it, Ms. Okabe
p.m., Ms. Okabe called Inner City Press and said she had spoken about the
matter, as requested, with Under Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown. "They are
aware of the issues," Ms. Okabe said. "This case highlights the complexities of
the UN's partnerships with the private sector and so current guidelines and
practices of various funds and agencies and programs will be reviewed" to try to
avoid "potential conflicts of interest" and misuses of UN logos.
But what about the continued "teaming up," now with Microsoft? There's more work
to be done.
[A note on UNHCR's
work about Uzbekistan: the agency managed to visit in Kazakhstan with
Gabdurafikh Temirbaev, the Uzbek dissident threatened with refoulement
back to Tashkent, and has, its spokesman said, gotten a commitment to be able to
review Uzbekistan's extradition request.]
UNHCR's work, unlike at the
UN Development Programme, at least UNHCR answered the questions and acknowledged
that things could be better. On UNDP and human rights, on UNDP and refusal to
answer press questions, what will happen?
issues surrounding UNDP, the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
managed to get some response from UNDP to a question Inner City Press asked UNDP
in writing more than a week ago: why does UNDP help the government of Uzbekistan
to collect taxes, given the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights'
finding that this government shot and killed its own people in Andijan in May
2005. Here now is UNDP's response:
"As far as your UNDP/Uzbekistan questions
from the other week, here's what I can tell you... in Uzbekistan and most of the
140 developing nations where UNDP operates, UNDP works with government and civil
society on a broad range of governance projects, including economic reforms, of
which tax administration and fiscal policy are a significant component. Other
governance projects in Uzbekistan focus on gender equality, internet access, and
public administration reform. It may be worth noting that UNDP works in a wide
range of political environments, from Costa Rica to North Korea, with the belief
that UNDP's mandate as a development agency is to work constructively on behalf
of the people of the developing world wherever and whenever possible."
wondered if UNDP's programs in Uzbekistan might involve technical assistance on
not putting political dissidents in boiling water, as the U.K.'s former
ambassador in Tashkent has testified takes place. And see above, that UNHCR has
managed to visit in Kazakhstan with Gabdurafikh Temirbaev, the Uzbek dissident
threatened with refoulement back to Uzbekistan, where he would face
torture -- perhaps with tax funds UNDP helped to collect. UNDP has still not
even purported to answer the week-old question about
UNDP's funding of
Robert Mugabe's purported "Human Rights Council." Now the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights has
called for a boycott.
What was that again, about UNDP working with civil society? To be continued.
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Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at
Vancouver World Urban Forum?
At the UN, a
Commando Unit to Quickly Stop Genocide is Proposed, by Diplomatic Sir
Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants
Freedom of Information
UN Waffles on
Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from
At the UN,
Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone
UN & US,
Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty
and Senator Tom Coburn
In Bolton's Wake,
Silence and Speech at the UN, Congo and Kony, Let the Games Begin
Pro-Poor Talk and
a Critique of the World Trade Organization from a WTO Founder: In UN
Lull, Ugandan Fog and Montenegrin Mufti
Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News
In Praise of
Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial
UN Sees Somalia
Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and
Everything But Congo
AIDS Ends at the
UN? Side Deals on Patents, Side Notes on Japanese Corporations,
Salvadoran and Violence in Burundi
On AIDS at the
UN, Who Speaks and Who Remains Unseen
Corporate Spin on
AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence (May 31, 2006)
Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's
Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the
The Silence of
the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank
Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins
Child Labor and
Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu
Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security
Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens
at the UN, But Not the Global Compact; Teaching Statistics from
Turkmenbashi's Single Book
Ripped Off Worse
in the Big Apple, by Citigroup and Chase: High Cost Mortgages Spread in
Outer Boroughs in 2005, Study Finds
Burundi: Chaos at
Camp for Congolese Refugees, Silence from UNHCR, While Reform's Debated
by Forty Until 4 AM
In Liberia, From
Nightmare to Challenge; Lack of Generosity to Egeland's CERF, Which
China's Asked About
Mirage: Beyond French Bombs, Is Exxon In the Cast? Asylum and the
Uzbeks, Shadows of Stories to Come
Through the UN's
One-Way Mirror, Sustainable Development To Be Discussed by Corporations,
Even Nuclear Areva
Disparities Grew Worse in 2005 at Citigroup, HSBC and Other Large Banks
Mine Your Own
Business: Explosive Remnants of War and the Great Powers, Amid the
Human Rights Are
Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still
Iraq's Oil to be
Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear
At the UN, Dues
Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions
Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala
Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if
Iraq's Oil is Being Metered
Cash Crop: In
Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in
The Shorted and
Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't
Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance
Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship
In the Sudanese
Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says
Empty Words on
Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia
What is the Sound
of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War
Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of
Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia
Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives
Who Pays for the
Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN
Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference
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