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Sunday, December 25, 2005

UN Life and Politics

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NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) — Up to about a third of the $590 million U.N. fund spent for the Indian Ocean tsunami relief may have gone to pay for overhead.

The Financial Times says its two-month investigation showed the money appears to have been spent on administration, staff and related costs. The $590 million was part of the United Nation’s $1.1 billion disaster flash appeal.

The newspaper also found several U.N. agencies continue to refuse to disclose details of their relief expenditure in spite of earlier pledges of transparency by senior officials.
Posted by Robin Roberts | permalink
on 12/26 at 01:34 PM

That would be the same UN that was criticizing US efforts to bring relief to the region in the days following the tsunami while the UN was still waiting in their offices for their Land Rovers to be air transported to Banda Aceh before showing up.
Posted by Robin Roberts | permalink
on 12/26 at 01:36 PM

And the same UN that wanted US and Aussie troops, then the only active groups providing aid in Bande Aceh, to wear UN uniforms so as to “not scare the locals”. I interpreted that as “so the UN looks like it’s doing something.”
Posted by simplertimes | permalink
on 12/26 at 05:20 PM

I apologize to ProteinWisdom for stealing these comments.

They do expose the UN so perfectly … nest pas?

There may be an alternative to the corrupt UN.
It’s the U.D.N. United Democratic Nations.


Blogger TonyGuitar said...

What does “cost cutting” mean to the U.N., anyway?

I remember the U.N. submitted a proposal for renovating the U.N. headquarters, and it was about $1.2 billion. When New York realtors pointed out that the cost was way out of line, Kofi Annan created a committee to reduce the estimated cost. Six weeks later, the committee emerged and announced that the cost would now be $1.9 billion. So they cut the cost from $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion.

This would indicate the U.N.’s perception of financial reform and accountability.
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