Thursday, March 09, 2006

A modest proposal

Today
[t]he U.N. Staff Union overwhelmingly voted no confidence in Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday over his proposal to radically overhaul U.N. operations.
Why the revolt? Well, Annan says
[s]ince the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s the United Nations has been transformed from an organization that primarily held conferences and meetings to a global body engaged in peacekeeping, humanitarian relief efforts, electoral assistance and human rights monitoring.
Therefore, he plans to
[a]llow a one-time staff buyout costing about $100,000 per [p]erson, modernize the U.N.'s information technology systems, and consider relocating, outsourcing and telecommuting a range of U.N. services including translation, editing, printing, publishing, payroll, medical and staff benefits, and information technology support.
But,
[t]he Staff Union said it was "gravely dismayed" at [his] vision, calling the U.N. "the unique forum where all peoples of the world will continue to come together to discuss global issues, verbally and in writing, in all six official languages of the United Nations."

Here’s my proposal:
  1. Annan should move forward with his outsourcing plan, foregoing the buyout component.
  2. All the staff displaced by the outsourcing would be moved into a newly formed Bureau of Endless Meetings where they would “come together to discuss global issues, verbally and in writing, in all six official languages of the United Nations," endlessly (or not, see 5. below)
  3. The United States withdraws all of its UN funding and New York State and New York City end all tax breaks for UN employees.
  4. The United States stops providing troops and/or logistical support for UN peacekeeping missions.
  5. If the rest of the world steps up to fill the gap the UN sails on, else the UN implodes and the Turtle Bay headquarters complex is razed to make way for residential and commercial real estate development.

2 Comments:

Blogger Teresias said...

Supreme Court and especially the Pentagon, NSA and CIA then I'd be on your side. Let's go for the real criminals; not the petty ones in the UN bureaucracy, most of whom are actually trying to do good and not destroy the entire world.

Look forward to the day when you're no long a knee jerk jerk.

3/09/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger Teresias said...

Supreme Court and especially the Pentagon, NSA and CIA then I'd be on your side. Let's go for the real criminals; not the petty ones in the UN bureaucracy, most of whom are actually trying to do good and not destroy the entire world.

Look forward to the day when you're no long a knee jerk jerk.

3/09/2006 9:54 PM  

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