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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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Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal

“When a judgment and justice be the same?” - quote from ancient Eastern wisdom. More than a year after the appeal was submitted, firstly (May 2009) with the Standing Committee of the UN Pension Fund and after nine months it was presented (August 2009) to the UN Appeals Tribunal, and after an uneventful 80 minute oral hearing session on 22 June 2010, the Tribunal President pronounced its judgement on Thursday, 1 July 2010: “the case was dismissed”. The reasons for this decision will be a month in coming. Why? Especially…

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UN Pension and After Life

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978). A number of cases reviewed through the first session of the UN Appeals Tribunal in Geneva (15 March – 1 April 2010) showed lack of coordination between the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) and the participating…

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Non-Performing Assets of the UN

"A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant--and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates." Peter Drucker. "Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people." John Rockefeller. In a classic definition, what does Non-Performing Asset (NPA) mean? A classification used by financial institutions that refer to loans that are in jeopardy of default. Once the borrower has failed to make interest or principal payments for 90 days,…

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Uncommon Delay of Common Cause Appeal

"It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." Aristotle (Greek Philosopher: 384 BC - 322 BC). "Justice delayed is justice denied." William Gladstone (British Politician : 1809-1898). This is an open appeal to the UN Appeals Tribunal regarding Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. As far as the writer remembers, there had been several individual appeals during the period 1980's to early 2000's from UN retirees asking for the clarification and justification for the life-long denial of full pension to the 1/3 lump sum seekers despite the…

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Support Non-Political UN

“Let the ruler be a ruler, the subject a subject, the father a father, the son a son.” "Truly if the ruler be not a ruler, the subject not a subject, the father not a father, the son not a son, then even if there be grain, would I get to eat it?” Confucian Quote 12.11. The main political function of the United Nations is to preserve international peace and security. Chapter 6 of the UN Charter provides for the pacific settlement of disputes, through the intervention of the Security…

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Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda – Science of Life

Traditional Medicine (Ayurveda - Science of Life) in the eyes of the UN Health and Insurance. Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the successes as well as stresses of your lives. From ancient Sanskrit verse. Ayurveda as per Wikipedia: Ayurveda (Devanāgarī: आयुर्वेद, the 'science of life') is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning 'life', and veda, meaning 'related to knowledge' or…

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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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Can UN Internal Justice Engender Growth of Moral Values?

Inspired by Adam Smith, 1723-1790, Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. “If the judiciary goes down in the estimation of people, it will be the end of democracy.” Indian Advocate General Habibullah Badsha. While doing the analysis of UNDT decisions, judgments and orders, July-December 2009, it struck me with a question whether the reform efforts will finally help determine the growth of values and quality of life within the confines of the UN. If this happens positively then there should be reason to anticipate an enhanced effectiveness of…

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Untold Story: Why We Do What We Do?

From the Dairies of UN Retirees (1/3 Lump Sum Recipients) Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. “Change direction with understanding of (human) evolution here and now, lest you may end up where you started and going nowhere.”  Lao To. Introduction and Background There is background history to the filing of the Common Cause Appeal to the UNAT in August 2009. For most of us retirees, actively served UN and its agencies for many years, we have been passionate about our daily work life because: It was/is the right thing to…

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Case of Common Sense

Case of common sense and prudence or case of superiority complex and incompetence?! UN Admin Tribunal Judgment # 1495 of 23 December 2009 in the case of former United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan vs. the ever-powerful law-unto-itself  UNJSPF. “The actions of a great man are inspiration to others; Whatever he does, becomes a standard for others to follow.” Bhagavad Gita, Chapter III Verse 21. Summary of the Case: Mr. Annan was a participant of UNJSPF as a UN staff member from June 1966 until Dec 1996, with a…

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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…

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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…