U.N. Environmental Bureaucracy in Chaos

Katie Pavlich

6/11/2011 8:37:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

The United States has thrown millions of dollars into the United Nations' black climate change alarmist hole and President Obama hasn't stopped his calls to deal with the issue of global warming, climate change global climate disruption despite evidence the entire global warming scheme is based on junk science, yet a new study shows the U.N., not surprisingly, doesn't know where the money is going and the administrative structure assigned to dealing with the issue is in complete disarray.

The United Nations Environment Program, the flagship for environmental consciousness and creation of a new era of “global environmental governance,” doesn’t know how its money is spent or even who it may be dealing with when it comes to hundreds of corporate, public and non-governmental partners that are “key” to fulfilling its mission, according to a confidential internal study obtained by Fox News.

UNEP, a $450 million U.N. organization, is also an administrative mess, which ignores its own financial rules, and sometimes doesn’t even reveal who is authorized to sign its checks, the study says.

There are quite a few important things to fix. Among other failings, the study says that UNEP:

-- doesn’t adequately check out the credentials of its partners, especially in the private sector;

-- doesn’t even keep adequate records of who it is partnering with, or how well they do at the projects they promise to accomplish;

--has failed to keep track of millions of dollars raised by some partners, and passed on by UNEP to others outside the normal U.N. financial accounting system;

--frequently fails to include “essential” information on financial documents;

--lets officials who don’t have the proper authorization sign off on payouts;

--and has sometimes used high-minded partnership arrangements to cover purely commercial ventures.

Moreover, the global organization has sometimes failed to enforce its own rules for staff disclosure, leading to cases of apparent conflict of interest and potential self-dealing. And sometimes, UNEP departed from its normal legal paperwork entirely, as in the case of a licensing deal with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to use UNEP-generated news stories on a humanitarian website, AlertNet, apparently without going through proper channels.

The 25-page report by the U.N.’s internal watchdog Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) was published on Dec. 30 last year under the dry title “UNEP Project Delivery by Partnerships.”

 

I smell corruption. You can read the full UNEP report here.