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Posted on on August 1st, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

This information is from Inner City Press at the UN:

At UN, Gates Foundation Learns How to Buy Impunity Like Orr’s Position.


ON July 2, 2012 — The UN under UNSG Ban Ki-moon has taken to creating new position without any General Assembly approval, bypassing UN oversight declaring he is using “extra budgetary resources.” This means that while these appear to be UN jobs, with trapping like immunity and impunity – the holder is not paid by the UN but by some outside party.

When Ban felt compelled to at least partially apply his so-called – five year mobility rule – to long time American staffer Robert Orr – he shifted him to a so called Public Private Partnerships position. Inner City Press asked, is this position in the UN budget? Has it been approved?

The answer, Fifth (Budget) Committee sources say, is no. Orr said he’ll raise his own funds, from corporations, they say.

Ban tried to get the position upgraded from Orr’s current Assistant Secretary General level to Under Secretary General, but even funded by others, the UN’s Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions balked and said no, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press.


Perhaps less extreme but along the same lines, the case when Ban Ki-moon on June 7, 2012 announced with fanfare — on the UN’s own UN News Service — that he “appointed Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as his Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning,” it was not disclosed that this position is not in the UN Budget and will be funded from outside.

Budget committee sources contacted Inner City Press, disgusted to highlight that the “extra budgetary post funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was filled by a candidate who is affiliated with… wait for it… the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

And the second half of that, but not the first, is in the UN News Service story: Amina J. Mohammed “currently serves on numerous international advisory panels and boards, including the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Here you have an entity, the sources say, that while seeming to want to help the UN, is in fact undermining the UN’s credibility by stealthly funding a position which is given to a person allied with it. And so it goes at the UN.

Footnote: the other side and engine of the Gates empire, Microsoft, got into the UN its so-called “Ambassador to Africa,” who just happens to be the brother of Ban’s then Special Adviser on Africa. Extra budgetary, indeed…


Ban Doles Posts to Podesta, Holgiun & Tawakkol Karman, Can She Speak?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 31 — Seven months into his second term at UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has been doling out new UN posts at an accelerating speed. Tuesday posts went to, among others, John Podesta of the US, Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and Maria Angela Holguin of Colombia.

Recently, Ban gave a similar post-2015 development post to a representative of the Gates Foundation — a post paid for with “extra budgetary resources” from the Gates Foundation, as first reported by Inner City Press. But who is paying for these?

Ban gave a “Global Education” post to former UK prime minister Gordon Brown, whose successor David Cameron he named co-chair of the High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

That Colombian foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin was looking for a UN post was first reported by Inner City Press back in April. This post may not be what she had in mind, but it is something.

We hope, for the sake of those so desperately needing it, that this “High Level Group” results in some development.

During the US election season to give a post to John Podesta, who served as “Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Transition,” seemed to some akin to a Ban Ki-moon endorsement. Other say the Obama administration nominated Podesta, just as they did Jeff Feltman, and what could Ban Ki-moon do?

France got a post for a former official of an international financial institution.

No, not DSK, but Jean-Michel Severino, formerly of the World Bank. By the Podesta – Feltman logic, he had to be accepted just as Herve Ladsous was accepted by Ban, entirely at the last minute as reported by Inner City Press,after preferred candidate Jerome Bonnafont was found to be too brash, bragging in India about his new UN position.

Now Ladsous openly refuses to answer any question from Inner City Press.

Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman was also given a post, and here we have no choice but to hearken back to mid-June, when the UN accused Inner City Press ofmisconduct for signing Tawakkol Karman into the UN as a guest where she — horror of horrors! — took questions from the press on camera.

Now with Ban Ki-moon giving her this post, it seems clear that pretextual “misconduct” note to file must be erased. Watch this site.

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