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Corporate Governance and Ethical Leadership

"There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics". Mahatma Gandhi. When you evaluate the reasons for the collapse of global companies such as Enron, Tyco, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom, Global Crossing, and Indian company Satyam Computers, it is obvious that there was a complete disregard for ethics in their leaders. There is a need to emphasize ethics to ensure corporate governance.   Corporate governance means how companies can be controlled…

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What is Inner City Press?

A news website that claims to conduct hard-hitting investigative journalism on the United Nations faces questions over its credibility and motives. The Inner City Press posts articles with on-the-record quotes by high-level UN officials while exposing shocking details of alleged corruption. This seems relevant for the mainstream media, since there are many rumors and innuendos of rampant corruption at the UN, while officials enjoy diplomatic immunity so they can act with impunity and above the law. Yet, Inner City Press’s sole reporter is rarely mentioned by legitimate journalists when they…

Read more about the article Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words
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Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words

Here is another disturbing case of the United Nations lack of Accountability and Transparency. We received this article from a current staff member of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who requested to publish this article without revealing the identity of the staff member, to avoid reprisal. It is hoped that Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, will respond to these serious allegations, which if true, the United Nations top management will have a lot to explain. The article is published below: Whether you are a skeptic or…

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Judiciary Notebook – UN Style

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr. Code of Conduct for the UNDT/UNAT Judges: (UN GA Document # A/65/86 of 15 June 2010). Unsurprisingly, it has taken a year or so to write/publish Code of Conduct for the judges working for the reformed UN Internal Justice system since it came into being on 1 July 2009. This code is now going to the General Assembly for a “routine” clearance.…

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Appeal to UN General Assembly

When you mention a famous race horse, they always ask, “from which stable?”  The stable is important, as it establishes the ancestry, authenticity and the breed. When you name a lawyer who has done well, people ask you, “from which chamber?”  The Chamber is important. It establishes the hierarchy and cultural tradition in which the lawyer was born and has been reared. (Remembered quotes of the eminent advocate Fali Nariman, former chairman of International Commission of Jurists) Similarly, when you quote certain judicial norms and democratic conventions, people ask, “do…

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UN Justice and Abuse

Here is another real-life case of injustice, abuse of authority and mismanagement by the United Nations. This case ruined the life of a  dedicated UN staff member and destroyed his career after 24 years of loyal services to the UN. This is the case (unedited) as told by the victim: QUOTE A. The administration decision for the summarily dismissal took place middle January 2008, immediately after that a counselor with a good UN experience was selected to assist, according to the staff rules I have the right to request a JDC…

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Appeal to UN General Assembly

This is an open appeal to the UN General Assembly from a senior world citizen in the largest democracy. "I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do — act from love!" Dr. Patch Adams (born 28 May 1945). First of all, it is not my cup of tea to advise or admonish the UN General…

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Bravo! Judge Adams

New sunshine exposing the muck around... Can this be cleared sooner than later? Ref: UNDT Judgment UNDT/2010/001/R, 6 January 2010, and UNDT Judgment UNDT/2010/030, 22 February 2010. Abboud vs Secretary-General of the United Nations. To say in one sentence: the twenty-five pages of judgment UNDT/2010/001/R, 6 January 2010, while upholding applicant’s appeal and awarding a compensation to him, exposed the accumulated ego-muck galore, and the usual emotional and manipulative garbage in the UN top down. It was all about the applicant’s (Abboud’s) interview in July 2008 for a senior level…

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Making Sense of it All – II

“In a democratic framework nothing is flawless, but the real strength of a true democracy is its ability to correct the flaws in time and eliminate repetition.” Indian Cabinet Minister (probably in his wisdom mode). Reading through the judgments, orders, etc. especially of late 2009 and of the UNDTs in all the three locations; New York, Geneva and Nairobi; may bring about a sense of relief and a glimmer of hope that up to now the judges seem being allowed to function independently and without interference, fear or outside influence.…

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Making Sense of it All

“We must admit, at least the possibility, that everything we believe to be true is not (or may not be) true.”  Thomas M. Easley in his book “The Mechanics of GOD”. Isn’t it true that the UN staff had to wait over 50+ years to see some kind of reform of the dysfunctional and disabled (or differently-enabled) internal justice system?    One good thing that happened was the resolve to have external judges for the newly established UN Disputes Tribunal and UN Appeals Tribunal to look at our cases, hopefully and…

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Making UN Justice Edifice Work in Dharma

“No problem can be solved by the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein. Social scientists used to say: “India is not a poor country, but it is a poorly managed country”. As I think of the UN, having worked  there for over three decades, I can say that the UN is a great organization insofar as its mission goals and guiding principles are concerned, but ineffectively structured and strategized, and poorly managed because of accumulation of all types of impurities and blockages in the system. First, the…

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UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal Hearing

Common Cause Appeal by UN Retirees submitted in August/ September 2009, Case # UNAT 2009-001. Revisited in February 2010. Case due for hearing 15 March – 1 April 2010 in Geneva. Introduction: Since the submission of our Common Cause Appeal (plus Addendum) to the newly constituted UN Appeals Tribunal (case # UNAT 2009-001) by end September 2009, and its sharing with concerned retirees through the courtesy of  The UN Post, UN Justice and UN Pensioner India; in the following months. As of the date of this post,  there have been…

Read more about the article Letter VI to UN Retirees on Common Cause
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Letter VI to UN Retirees on Common Cause

Open Letter (VI) – Revised - to the UN Retirees (1/3 Lump Sum Recipients). Time to verify the reality about redesigned & rebuilt UN Internal Justice: Has it become worthy of public trust? Note: Following our appeal, submitted earlier, we have received several comments and critique to our open letter VI, based on which it has now been possible to revise and place it in a final form. We very much wish and pray that this will be the last open letter to the Retiree colleagues, just days or weeks…

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UN Reform – Unleashing Human Potential

The UN Reform exercise has been the subject of global deliberations and debates for a long long time, but many in the public may not fully understand or be able to grasp or appreciate what has really been achieved thus far and how these have changed the way things are going to be! No one would disagree that the UN at its 60+ age needs to change and become mature enough to reflect the present day world. It cannot be allowed to suffer from chronic neurosis, of living in the…

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Cause for Celebration, Letter to UN Retirees

Dear Colleagues: 2010 – The Year of Reckoning? Open Letter (v) to the UN Retirees (1/3 Lump Sum Recipients). At a time when the world is short of causes for celebration, here comes a candidate. It appears that the UN Disputes Tribunal (UNDT), born 1 July 2009, has already cleared no less than 96 cases by the time the year 2009 came to a close. A record of sort. Having used this mode of communication to talk to the retiree colleagues and report on the state of affairs regarding our…

Read more about the article Letter to UN Retirees on Common Cause
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Letter to UN Retirees on Common Cause

Dear UN Retirees,2010 – The year of Hope? In closing 2009, we wish to send our Season's greeting and offer best wishes for a New Year 2010 that would bring in new hopes for the UN Internal Justice System.In the last three Open Letters we have described the background and profound arguments of our Common Cause Appeal (Case # UNAT 2009-001) submitted to the newly established UN Appeals Tribunal. The open letter III gave the full text of our individualized appeal submitted to the UNJSPB Standing Committee (May 2009), and…