Published December 10, 2013
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has a very U.N.-style idea about how to help out a little-known financial watchdog at the world organization that is one of the few in-house lines of defense—by no means a strong one-- against bloat, inefficiency and aimless spending.
Published December 02, 2013
The tide may be turning in a long struggle to get the United Nations to cut back the fat compensation packages that it hands out to employees -- deals at least 30 percent richer than their supposedly comparable U.S. federal counterparts, according to U.S. calculations.
Published November 22, 2013
The Obama Administration is planning to introduce a pledge to make additional steep cuts in U.S. carbon emissions after 2020 in the wake of a little-noticed United Nations conference on greenhouse gas emissions that is the latest step toward a new treaty to take the place of the tattered Kyoto Protocol.
Published November 14, 2013
The United Nations-administered cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gases is sitting on a cash hoard of close to $200 million, even as it warns of hard times ahead that could impede its mission.
Published November 06, 2013
The man who is perhaps United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's closest American advisor and his top strategic planner, apparently exists only as a ghost in the U.N.'s payroll system.
Published November 01, 2013
The United Nations is ramping up a campaign over the next two years to spur a wave of partnerships with governments, foundations and the private sector in support of anti-poverty, environmental and other goals—and use the new vehicles to shake loose as much as $90 billion more for the same objectives.
Published October 29, 2013
Halloween is an important event for the United Nations Childrens Fund, or UNICEF, as hundreds of thousands of trick-or-treaters go house-to-house asking for pennies or dollars to help the world’s needy children. But according to the U.N. Board of Auditors, which monitors the organization’s finances, the cost of funneling such private sector money through UNICEF’s national committees to the global organization is getting so expensive that it merits special notice.
Published October 11, 2013
Can the United Nations be held legally accountable for its actions in a U.S. court? That question is the crux of a lawsuit filed this week that wants to hold the world organization accountable for the deaths of thousands of Haitians in the 2010 outbreak of cholera that still smolders today.
Published October 03, 2013
The United Nations is planning to create a sweeping new set of “sustainable development goals” for the planet that will likely require trillions of dollars of spending on poverty and the environment, a drastic reorganization of economic production and consumption -- especially in rich countries -- and even greater effort in the expensive war on climate change.
Published September 23, 2013
At the same time the Syrian regime of Bashir Al-Assad began the brutal repression that would quickly spin the country into civil war—and culminate with the use of chemical weapons against its own citizens-- Syrian officials were officially registering a deal with the United Nations agency sponsoring the world's largest carbon-trading scheme for an industrial complex known for years as a “dual-use” facility in the government's production of the same weapons of mass destruction.