Friday, August 24, 2007

The United Nations - Time to move on...

U.S. Pressures U.N. for Action on Ethics Case
Thursday, August 23, 2007

Faced with continuing intransigence by the United Nations Development Program over the charge that a whistleblower lost his job for reporting on the agency’s violations of its own rules in North Korea, the U.S. government has gone on the public offensive.

Charging that UNDP stonewalling is "counter to good governance, is contrary to key U.N. rules and directly and fundamentally undermines serious efforts at U.N. reform," and that UNDP’s behavior is "irresponsible and unaccountable," the top U.S. diplomat at the U.N. pursuing the issue has asked the U.N.'s newly appointed ethics czar to make public detailed evidence he has collected that supports the retaliation charges.

The diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Mark Wallace, also urged the ethics czar to continue with his investigation despite lack of UNDP cooperation and make the conclusions available to all U.N. member states. Wallace requested that the U.S. government’s "strong concerns" about the UNDP’s actions be conveyed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and that he be asked to "insist" that UNDP cooperate with the ethics investigation.

Wallace’s requests were made in an extraordinary four-page letter to the head of the U.N. Ethics Office, Robert Benson, on Aug. 21. A copy has been obtained by FOX News.

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Conservative Blogger's Comments:
I have said it before and I will say it again. The United Nations is an absolute waste of our tax dollars! We are funding a corrupt organization that is simply of little to no use to the world community. It's time to get some value out of the New York real estate they occupy by shutting the place down and putting our dollars to better use. Another noble idea whose execution in the real world does not quite translate.

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