Sunday, November 06, 2005

UN Business As Usual

John Bolton notes that the UN is ignoring the Volcker report on its corruption. If it doesn't react soon, it’s time to turn of their cash supply.

“In the bubble on First Avenue, Volcker is just ignored. I talk about it, but it's a solitary conversation. Nobody else will be fired unless people are indicted by outside authorities.

"Corruption didn't arise out of thin air, it arose out of the culture of the place. Bribes, mismanagement etc - it would be unacceptable for executives in any normal organization."

As an example, he cited the fact that UN staff could accept gifts worth up to $10,000 in a year without any requirement to disclose them.

In a rare breakthrough for American pressure for reform, the UN announced last week that it planned to reduce the $10,000 figure to $250 under rule changes proposed by its new under-secretary for management, Christopher Burnham, a former Bush administration official.

He’s not having fun, but hopefully won't have to suffer much longer:

During a frank and wide-ranging discussion last week, Mr Bolton said of his three months in the job: "Have I enjoyed it? It's exactly what I expected." Asked what he enjoyed most at the UN, he replied: "It's a target-rich environment."

If the UN has not actively addressed the areas raised by Volcker in 3 months time, the US should pull Bolton and drastically cut its subsidy to the UN.