The Inside Story of Russia’s Fight to Keep the U.N. Corrupt | Foreign Policy

Very strong reporting from Colum Lynch giving insights into why the UN has so many problem.  Hint: Look at what the member states want.

The high-level intervention on U.N. spending marked only the latest example of Russia flexing its diplomatic muscle to protect its commercial position at the United Nations. For much of the past decade, Russia has been engaged in a systematic effort to stymie attempts to root out corruption in U.N. spending. The Russians have pushed out U.N. reformers. Theyve defanged watchdogs. And theyve blocked internal budget reforms aimed at saving costs. …

The dispute provides a textbook example of the difficulties of implementing basic financial reforms at the United Nations when major powers have conflicting commercial interests in the outcome. As such, the secretary general and key countries have been unwilling to openly confront Russia because its cooperation is required on a wide range of critical issues at the United Nations.

via The Inside Story of Russias Fight to Keep the U.N. Corrupt – By Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy.

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