Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Say What ?

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Guido Bertucci is someone you may not know much about. At one time he was the top official in the United Nations department charged with promoting good governance around the world. You remember the U.N. right? It's the black hole that U.S. taxpayers dumped $20.3 billion into during the years 2001 to 2005.

Anyway, Guido retired in disgrace on July 31, 2008. An internal investigation by the U.N. found that he committed gross negligence in handling a $2.8 million trust fund donated by the Greek government. The case was given to the U.N. disciplinary committtee by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon two days before his retirement, which was too late to do anything the would affect his retirement or pension. Now you know where some of your taxpayer dollars are going.

So what is Guido doing now? Well, he is back with the U.N. as an invited top-level expert at a high-profile conference on "Building Our Humanitarian Planet." Guido's role at the conference is the chairman of workshops sessions on "Empowering Civil Society: The Role of Public Administration." 

Wonder what his take is on financial responsibility in public administration.

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