UN Environment Chief Forced to Resign for Racking up Too Many Air Miles

UN Environment Chief Forced to Resign for Racking up Too Many Air Miles, by James Delingpole.

Former Norwegian diplomat, Erik Solheim

According to the Guardian he was working too hard at saving the environment:

A draft internal UN audit leaked to the Guardian in September found Solheim had spent almost $500,000 (£390,000) on air travel and hotels in just 22 months, and was away 80% of the time. The audit said this was a “reputation risk” for an organisation dedicated to fighting climate change. …

The real problem:

The Guardian understands Solheim was asked to resign by the UN secretary general, António Guterres. Sources at the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said that countries unhappy with Solheim’s conduct were holding back tens of millions of dollars, threatening a financial crisis at the body.

James D:

Some cynics used to the United Nations’ ways might wonder what the fuss is about. Isn’t epic waste, corruption and imperial high-handedness exactly what is required of a senior UN functionary?

Still, one thing is for certain. Solheim’s departure will alter not one jot the most fundamental problem with the United Nations Environment Programme: it is a total waste of around $600 million a year.

hat-tip Barry Corke