Members of the United Nations recoiled in horror last year when President Trump slashed the US’s UN budget by nearly $300 million after the international agency rebuked the US over its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Looks like the jokes on them.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has accepted the resignation of UN Environmental Chief Erik Solheim, a veteran Norwegian diplomat, after an internal audit by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services criticized the environment agency for “a culture of scant regard for internal controls and existing rules” on the use of public funds. This “misuse” included Solheim racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal flights to Paris (sound familiar?), according to the New York Times. Unfortunately for Solheim, those flights had nothing to do with the agency’s work on the Paris Accords.
What’s even more embarrassing for the agency, the alleged overspending happened at a time when resources for combating climate change were shrinking. Some of the agency’s biggest donors even decided to withhold funds pending the final results of the audit.
Aside from the profligate spending, the report also found Solheim was routinely absent from the office without accounting for where he was or why.- READ MORE