In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNFPA Wastes Public Money on Its Own ERP System While Defending Sexual Harassment
By InnerCity Press - Thu Dec 20, 8:44 am
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By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFTracker
UNITED NATIONS GATE, December 20 – While untransparent and largely absentee UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reformed little at the UN, other than asserting that he has absolute impunity to have a critical journalist roughed up and banned, now for 169 days, each agency goes its own way. Whistleblowers within UNFPA, the Population Fund that supported and defended its own representative Diego Palacios’ sexual harassment of contractor Prashanti Tiwari in India, exclusively tell Inner City Press about UNFPA’s initiative to leave the common ERP technical system (“ATLAS”) that it currently shares with UNDP, UNV, UN Women, UNCDF, UNITAR, UN University and others to build their own ERP system. While UNFPA officially pays lipservice to the UN reform, its leadership has activitly initiatied a project to build its own stand-alone ERP system without properly coordinating with its sister agencies. This is preempting any future UN reform discussions.
UNFPA has mislead its own Executive Board where it asked for “IT improvement” in the amount of $24 million but not mentioning that it would leave the commom UN consortium to build its own ERP system. This decision is not only costly but will also increase IT maintenance cost for UNDP, UN Women and the other agencies as it lowers the economies of scale. UNFPA leadership continues to pay lipservice to the UN reform while activitly leaving a common platform. They did not even bother to formally inform the other agencies… On the morning of December 19, Inner City Press in writing asked Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric questions about UNFPA. As with all other questions this week, from Cameroon to Sri Lanka to Guterres’ refusal to audit UN NGOs implicated in UN bribery, Dujarric didn’t deign to respond, while serving pro-UN state media….