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Another UN appointment

GENEVA - Members of the UN have expressed dismay over Syria becoming president of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.  The move comes just weeks after the latest reported chemical weapons attack, in which the Syrian authorities are widely believed to have used chemical agents against civilians.   (BBC)


UN funding cut

UN - The US was cheering a massive $285M cut in the UN's 2018 budget - an announcement that comes days after more than 120 nations criticized the US for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The US currently funds about 22% of the UN's $5.4B annual budget. (Newsweek) MORE:   UN 128 vote to condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as capital  


WHO's travel spending

LONDON - The World Health Organization (WHO) routinely spends about $200M a year on travel - far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents.   (AP)


UN aid

DAMASCUS - Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities - including one set up by the president's wife.   (Guardian UK)   MORE:   UN decries child abuse in Syria  


UN again ignores population growth

NEW YORK - As world leaders convene for the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to reflect on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 and adopt more goals for 2030, they ought to focus on the elephant in the room - a swelling global population.    (Asia Sentinel)


UN appointment by acclamation

The UN is facing a chorus of criticism over the inauguration as president of its general assembly of Uganda's foreign minister, just 4 months after that country enforced a brutal and widely denounced anti-gay law.   (Guardian UK)     MORE:   Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act    Sam Kutesa  


UN auditors not ready for primetime 

UN - Auditors are the boring but vital front-line warriors in any battle against waste, corruption and inefficiency - and at the UN, where tens of billions of dollars are spent each year, they are often under-qualified, overstretched, impeded and ignored by their bosses.  (Fox)   REPORT:  Audit Function in the UN System   .pdf


WHO 'unfit for health emergencies'

The Ebola crisis proves the WHO lacks the 'capacity and culture' to deal with global health emergencies, says a damning independent report, commissioned by the WHO itself.  (BBC)  MORE:   Ebola interim assessment panel report       WHO wants a 'climate-change' tax


60th anniversary

UNITED NATIONS - The ultimate responsibility for preventing genocide lies with states, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says  as the world marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.   (United Nations)  

Harassment rife

UN - The UN has allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish in its offices around the world, with accusers ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity. (Guardian UK) 



UN - Antonio Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister, will be the next UN secretary general, after the UN Security Council agreed he should replace Ban Ki-moon at the beginning of next year.  (BBC)   PREVIOUS:   Secretary-General selection 2016    Deal-making and dirty tricks   Antonio Guterres   Last Ki-moon speech   Ban Ki-moon


Russia withdraws from ICC

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC).     (AP)   MORE:   ICC facing exodus of African nations



BOR - It makes for a stark image. Two disheveled rows of soldiers with bright blue backpacks marked "UNICEF," which were originally meant for children.  Photographs of the misappropriated supplies surfaced at an awkward time for the UN, which issued an urgent appeal for $1.27B in aid for South Sudan. (GlobalPost)   PREVIOUS:   South Sudanese conflict   Non-Profit Industry  


UN committee report

VATICAN - The UN has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.  (BBC)   MORE:   Committee on the Rights of the Child   Catholic Church abuses  


Human rights abuses

UN - A new UN report has highlighted ongoing human rights abuses in Iran even since the election of reform-minded President Hassan Rouhani. The report released by the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran details widespread abuses  (DW)   Ali Khamenei   Ahmed Shaheed 



NEW YORK - Human rights groups filed a lawsuit blaming the UN for a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of Haitians.  (AP)   PREVIOUS:   UN rejects cholera claims   Haiti cholera outbreak  


UN failed

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.   (BBC)   PREVIOUS:   Sri Lankan Civil War


UN arms treaty fails

NEW YORK - UN negotiations to draft the first international treaty on the multi-billion-dollar arms trade have ended without a deal.  (AFP)   PREVIOUS:   UN shoots itself   UN Conference   Arms Trade Treaty   15-nation committee    


$196B later

In the last two decades, the world has spent more than $196B trying to save people from death and disease in poor countries.   (AP)  MORE:   More than 1B hungry   1.02B people hungry    Displaced at record high   2008 Global Trends    Lancet 

US withdraws

GENEVA - The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council saying the organization was not worthy of its name.  (Epoch Times)

UN creditability


Report on HRC candidates   .pdf

UNHRC not creditable

UN Human Rights Council

HRW World Report 2013 

UN criticized

UN redefines human rights

Human Rights Council

Rights gala

UN Commission on human rights

UN aid cash went to Islamist insurgents

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) had to suspend activities in southern Somalia after being manipulated by al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.  (Telegraph UK)  

 Deals 'wasted billions'

ABUJA - Some $2B-worth of Nigerian energy contracts were awarded without a bidding process by the former president and his energy minister, officials say.   (BBC)   Abdulsalami Abubakar      Olusegun Obasanjo  

US leaves UNESCO

PARIS - While the US stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011, the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at its Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes.  The US pulled out of UNESCO in the 1980s because Washington viewed it as mismanaged and used for political reasons, then rejoined it in 2003.   (CP)



UNESCO adopts anti-Israel resolution   

UNESCO shows its politics

draft decision  .pdf

US cuts funding to UNESCO

Canada to keep paying  

Palestinians to join more agencies


Another UN moment

Canada has formalized its withdrawal from the UN tourism body after Robert Mugabe was invited to become a global leader in the sphere and sent a letter in recognition of Zimbabwe's co-hosting of the organization's general assembly next year.  (Guardian UK)  

Canada withdraws from tourism body

Mugabe 'thugs' kill Tsvangirai

Olivier De Schutter 

UN Security Council  

Germany joins  


Facing charges

NEW YORK - A former president of the UN General Assembly turned the world body into a 'platform for profit' by accepting over $1M in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments  

John Ashe    

Ng Lap Seng Report

Case takes new turn

FBI release

Paid to attend China event

Former head of UN general assembly charged

Ng arrested for smuggling $4.5M in cash

Bid for Security Council seat

OTTAWA - The government has said it will commit 600 troops and $450M over 3 years to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the unprecedented contribution was only the 'first part' of Canada's re-engagement with multilateral peace operations.   (AFP) 

 Canada must play hardball with UN   

Sexual misconduct


French troops accused

UN report on South Sudan 2016

Soldiers allowed to rape civilians

Government forces suffocated dozens

South Sudanese Civil War   

UN peacekeepers

UN peacekeeping

Countries by number of peacekeepers


UN resolution

Human rights situation

Peacekeeper changes recommended

UN releases report on sex abuse 

UN discharges peacekeepers

Rape by peacekeepers

UN sex abuse scandals grows 

Fresh allegations


Rebel chief arrested  

Commander captured  


More cases of sexual abuse

'Essential shifts' needed

Transactional sex

'No mercy'

Aid worker who revealed 'sex abuse'

Whistleblower suspended

UN accused of cover-up

UN mission in CAR and Chad 

UN 'failed' rape victims

UN report leaked

Troops rape & kill

Arrest in mass rapes  

Peacekeepers 'abusing children'

UN troops face child abuse claims

UN Study on violence against children

Rebel commander arrested

Congo rape dilemma

UN sex exploitation 

Rape number rises  

UN ignored rape warnings

UN defends inaction on mass rapes

Rebels deny rapes 

Ki-moon to calm UN war crimes report row  

UN peacekeepers punished

Sex abuse by NGO's & peacekeepers

Sexual abused by UN peacekeepers

UN probes 'abuse' in Ivory Coast

UN says scores of Peacekeepers ousted

UN 'peacekeepers' rape women, children

Crisis in the Congo: Sex charges roil UN 

Bureaucracy and inefficiency

OTTAWA - In 2009, some of the world’s top scientists met in Buenos Aires and agreed to try to calculate how much productive farmland is turning into desert each year.  Almost 4 years later, the scientists are still at odds over how to measure it.   (Toronto Star)  

Canada pulled out of UNCCD

UN says pullout 'regrettable'

Canada pulls out of UNCCD


Climate debate

Aid sticker shock

UNDP a shambles

Exceptions are the rule

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP procurement at work

UN war over do-nothing-bureaucracy

US loses voting rights after not paying 22%

US funding cuts 'crippling' organization

Bloated Bureaucracy

It's the cold we should be worried about

Administrative mess


Failed computer system    

EU financial regulators

EU agrees Irish treaty compromise

GA approves 8 resolutions

Call 911, not us

UN official pleads not guilty

UN official held, accused of graft

UN's program wants unlimited spending power

UN anti-racism conference

UN ignores its own procurement ban

UN peace missions in fraud probe 


Eco-management out of control

UNDP official stonewalling request

UN to elect human rights members 

UN status of women

UN's new world economy

International Monetary Fund

Special Drawing Rights

UN economic & social council press release

Walkout at UN lynching

Western States shun UN conference

Fault lines split UN racism summit

Durban II Conference

Human rights not valued

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Corrupt schools, corrupt universities  .pdf

And now UN cash for visas program?

UN troops 'traded gold for guns'

UN troops 'helped smuggle gold'  

UN finds waste in Peacekeeping work

UN: a 'culture of impunity' 

First S Leone war crimes verdicts

UN probes sale of stamp archive



How corrupt is the United Nations?

Britain should get rid of the monarchy

Review of environmental governance   .pdf   

Louise Arbour

UN Champions of the Earth Award

UN rights body back Israel probe

Amateurs uncover secrets

For all the billions of dollars worth of surveillance technology directed at North Korea as it breathes fire this weekend, its closed society is so impervious to spying that diplomats in Asia are forced to admit that they might as well rely on Google Earth.

Leaders live in luxury

The dead land

US won't allow a nuclear N Korea


N Korea threatens military action

NK yanks the world's chain

Kim Jong-Il

UN announces audit of NK fund  

North Korea's misuse of UNDP funds


Audit finds UN violates own rules

S Korea not willing to back US

NK collecting millions

Activists assassinated

NAIROBI - Two Kenyan human rights activists who provided evidence to a senior UN investigator over execution-style murders by police were assassinated on a busy Nairobi street.  Oscar Kamau Kingara, the director of the Oscar Foundation, and its programme coordinator, John Paul Oulo, were shot at close range in their car by gunmen less than a mile from the presidential residence.  (Guardian UK) 

UN probe indicts Kenya

Police ‘ran death squads’

Report on Extra-Judicial killings


Kenyan MPs torpedo graft probes

The looting of Kenya

The looting of Kenya under President Moi

Daniel Arap Moi 

Political payday

Raila Odinga    Mwai Kibaki    

Kenyan parliamentary election

Kenyans killed in sect protests

UK attacks Kenya over role in search

Rule of law reels in Kenya

Human rights lawyers assassinated


Ransom helped rig election

OTTAWA - West African negotiators who secured the release of two Canadian hostages used a cut of the ransom to rig a village election, US diplomats allege in a leaked document. (Globe & Mail)  


Gadhafi regime helped broker release

Robert Fowler   Niger

What was Fowler doing in Niger?

Murky world of rebels

WikiLeaks uncovers detainee mystery

Taiwan's Chen in corruption case

Taiwanese prosecutors say they have enough evidence to charge President Chen Shui-bian with corruption - but he is protected by presidential immunity.    (BBC) 


Anti-graft protests against Taiwan's president

China Central Television coverage

President's son buys $35M home

An anti-graft pressure group has called for a probe into the alleged purchase of a luxury US beach house by the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president.  Theodoro Nguema Obiang bought a $35m house in California's exclusive Malibu area in February, Global Witness says.   His pay as a minister is $60,000 a year.   (BBC)

Inquiry into 'lost' Sudan funds

KHARTOUM - The government of southern Sudan has launched an inquiry into what happened to $60m it received in 2005. A panel has been set up to trace the money President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir said was given to former southern rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.  (BBC)

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