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More United Nations Corruption

More United Nations Corruption

OCTOBER 21, 2008

Already known as a pillar of corruption and mismanagement, the United Nations’ fraud-infested contract division is in trouble again for five new shady deals involving $20 million worth of contracts.

A relatively new task force created to tackle the monumental task of cleaning up the U.N.’s procurement department, exposed the latest wrongdoing this week in its annual report to the U.N. General Assembly. Headed by a former U.S. federal prosecutor, the task force had previously uncovered more than $630 million in contracts tainted by fraud, corruption or mismanagement at the world body which annually received major U.S. tax dollars.

The report highlights tainted contracts for air charter services in Congo, office supplies in Kenya, consulting jobs in Greece and payroll services at the U.N’s New York headquarters. The payroll scheme involves two American employees who steered $2 million in contracts to private firms in which they had a financial stake. In some of the other cases, U.N. employees solicited kickbacks to direct deals to specific companies.

This sort of fraud has long been the norm at the U.N., which is precisely why the task force was launched in 2006 even though an internal watchdog (Office of Internal Oversight Services) has documented the crisis in reports noting how nearly one-third of the procurement contracts involve waste, corruption and other irregularities.

Earlier this year the chief of the world body’s Commodity Procurement Section was sentenced to eight years in prison for accepting cash, real estate, wild parties and hookers as bribes. The corrupt diplomat, (Sanjaya Bahel of India) wielded incredible power because he was responsible for awarding billions of dollars in contracts to companies around the world. He was convicted by a federal jury of bribery, wire fraud and mail fraud.

Americans should be concerned about the ongoing crisis because the United States annually gives the U.N. $5.3 billion tax dollars. The funding continues even though the organization, founded six decades ago to maintain international peace and security, has failed miserably and is best known for its severe mismanagement and corruption.

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  • AndrewJ

    The UN is not an independent entity, it is a venue and only as good or bad as the conduct of its members.
    The US public ignored the warning Eisenhower gave a few weeks after Robert Lovett told Kennedy which cabinet to appoint, Eisenhower could only guess that Lovett would use the Kennedy administration for some kind of military industrial scheme. What Lovett actually wanted was the world’s largest gold mine, the colony of West Papua (West New Guinea) which neither locals or the Dutch had any reason to grant to Lovett’s and the Rockefeller’s Freeport mining corporation (fcx.com). Under Lovett’s friend McGeorge Bundy the NSC told Kennedy that the US had to force the Dutch to sign a trusteeship agreement that would allow the UN and then Indonesia possession of the colony.

    The US paid the UN an extra $100m and got to word the trusteeship agreement so that it was not obvious to the public or the Papuans that it was a trust agreement under Chapter XII of the UN Charter. The UN has been corrupted for fifty years by concealing the Trusteeship og West New Guinea which the US and U Thant got the General Assembly to approve in resolution 1752 (XVII).

    If you want a honest UN, and if you want America to regain some of the trust and credit it had earned during WW-II, then the US should be the nation to raise the question “Is West Papua a trust territory?” in the Security Council. Bottom line is that the rule of law helps the US, and having a double standard of mining & denying West Papua the independence it chose in 1961 does not help the US.

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