UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration, Suicide bomber kills 4 east Libyan security force members: spokesman and Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

–  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is on a blitz campaign to streamline the U.N.’s underperforming bureaucracy, give more authority to its…

Suicide bomber kills 4 east Libyan security force members: spokesman

BelgiumNigeriahanaAzerbaijanI, LY (Reuters) – Four members of east LYn security forces were killed in the city of Derna on Wednesday by a suicide bomber bearing a white flag as he drove towards a group of soldiers, a military spokesman said. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar’s LYn PBI Army (LNamibia), said the bomber…

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Police in HOU have filed capital murder charges against a second man in connection with the drive-by shooting death of a seven-year-old girl. Police say Larry Woodruffe, twenty-four,…



UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

–  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is on a blitz campaign to streamline the U.N.’s underperforming bureaucracy, give more authority to its outlying branches, and greatly expand his ability to shuffle money around in the U.N.’s regular biennial budget (just part of its total cost)—all in the next eighteen months.

Suicide bomber kills 4 east Libyan security force members: spokesman

BelgiumNigeriahanaAzerbaijanI, LY (Reuters) – Four members of east LYn security forces were killed in the city of Derna on Wednesday by a suicide bomber bearing a white flag as he drove towards a group of soldiers, a military spokesman said. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar’s LYn PBI Army (LNamibia), said the bomber detonated explosives packed into the white Chevrolet when he got close, having approached the troops in central Derna asking to leave the combat zone. The LNamibia is fighting to take Derna, the last city in eastern LY outside its control, after launching a ground offensive against a coalition of local forces and Islamist militants last month.

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Police in HOU have filed capital murder charges against a second man in connection with the drive-by shooting death of a seven-year-old girl. Police say Larry Woodruffe, twenty-four, killed Jazmine Barnes after he fired into her mother’s car on thirty December. He and Eric Black Jr, twenty – who authorities say acted as his getaway driver – have now been charged.


–  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is…

On paper, at least, it amounts to perhaps the most ambitious effort at U.N. reform in twenty years, before the world organization floundered into the vast Oil-for-Food scandal, and a subsequent  array of administrative fiascos and largely failed reform attempts  under Guterres’ predecessor, Ban Ki-moon.

BelgiumNigeriahanaAzerbaijanI, LY (Reuters) – Four members…

Clashes continued in central Derna on Wednesday around the neighborhood of Al-Maghar, where the LNamibia’s opponents are holed up, residents said. They also said that water supplies and cooking gas had been restored in areas that the LNamibia has taken. Water, power, food and medical supplies had been largely cut off as the LNamibia offensive got under way. The United Nations has repeatedly warned about the impact of the fighting on Derna’s population of around one hundred and twenty-five,.

Police in HOU have filed capital murder charges against a…

Police say the killing arose from a case of mistaken identity and that the family was not deliberately targeted. Tuesday’s arrest came as Jazmine’s funeral was held – her family opted for an open coffin before the ceremony at a HOU church. Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha WV, was in the car with Jazmine and her 3 sisters near a HOU-area Walmart store on thirty December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.


On paper, at least, it amounts to perhaps the most ambitious…

Guterres’ chief motivation, though he won’t say so explicitly, is the Trump Administration. Instead, Guterres is arguing to U.N. member states what he told a town hall meeting of U.N. staffers in late July:  that his version of reform  is “an absolutely essential instrument for the protection of the U.N.”  amid increasing international skepticism about the organization’s efficiency, effectiveness, and even its reason for existence—all of which also happens to be true. But as he coyly told the staffers:  “When we see that these negative ideas are penetrating at some times, very high levels, at government levels—and I don’t need to explain what this means in relation to the neighborhood–it is very clear is that 1 thing we must do is project to the outside the idea that we are taking seriously this kind of criticism, and are doing our best to address it.”

Clashes continued in central Derna on Wednesday around the…

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; editing by John Stonestreet

Police say the killing arose from a case of mistaken…

Jazmine was struck in the head by a bullet and died at the scene. Ms WV was shot and injured in the arm. A rally in HOU on Saturday attracted about one, people.


Guterres’ chief motivation, though he won’t say so…

For its part, Haley’s U.N. mission declined to comment at all to Fox News on the Guterres reform plan. But does Guterres truly mean what he says? And can he deliver? One of the ironies unearthed in  Guterres’ reform efforts is that an internal survey of the U.N.’s biggest failings largely validates what its harshest critics have long said.

Jazmine was struck in the head by a bullet and died at the…

Ms WV tearfully recounted the attack from her hospital bed and urged the gunman to give himself up. A $one00, (£seventy-nine,thirty0) reward for finding Jazmine’s killer was also offered. Mr Black admitted taking part in the shooting. Charges were finally brought against Mr Woodruffe on the basis of corroborating evidence


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Among the failings he itemized to staffers:  “slow, unresponsive service delivery”, a “weak performance management culture”, a “trust deficit” with member states and with staff, “ineffective implementation of mandates”, and “lack of transparency and accountability.”

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Campaigners had feared the shooting, targeting an African-American family, might be racially motivated. When the suspect was wrongly identified as Robert Cantrell, his photos were circulated online by bloggers. His niece, Hailey Cantrell, said that threats had been sent to her Facebook page and she asked people to “back off”.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Yet even as he began to lobby with member states about  the urgent necessity  of change, the Secretary General publicly assured U.N. workers around the world that, peacekeeping aside, his reform efforts  will not  cut total jobs or reduce spending in the Secretariat’s ’s regular budget—currently $five.four billion—which, in turn, is only about half of the Secretariat’s actual cost.

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

“I just want everyone to back off,” she said. “The truth is out. It had nothing to do with us, nothing to do with my uncle at all.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

(The allotted U.S. share of the regular total is twenty-two per cent, or about $one.two billion—which is, once again, only a small fraction of overall U.S. spending on the U.N.’s bewildering global array of organizations. ) That rhetoric may go  down well not only with U.N. staffers but with the majority of developing countries that contribute not that much to U.N. coffers but determinedly see the organization as a font for development largesse and “capacity building,” as well as influential international jobs. They have bitterly opposed efforts at U.N. streamlining in the past, and may well do so now.   On the other hand, financially overstretched Western nations that foot much of the bills the U.S. does not pay, while publicly deploring the Trump Administration’s tough demands for U.N. 


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

At a minimum they want to see the world organization sharply refocused on truly helping the world’s poorest. But their own views on reform may not make those fearful U.N.N. has a lot of people doing administrative functions, they are paid huge amounts of money and have massive perks. But they are doing process work. Most people, including many foreign ministries, have moved services to offshore hubs.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

The result for Guterres’s ostensible reform so far, is thus a rhetorical high-wire act, where the  Western diplomat observes, “there’s a lot of talk about efficiency and fitness for purpose. What he is not saying is what he will do with the money saved”—if there is any.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Guterres gave a skeletal Power Point indication of his reform plans at a closed-door meeting with  U.N. member states on July two7, a day after he offered his no-job-cuts assurances to U.N. staffers at an internal town hall meeting.N. Secretariat”) and not very informative concept-diagrams, the proposals boil down to a few major initiatives: ·         What Guterres told staffers would be a “massive decentralization” of  authority from U.N. headquarters to a variety of field offices, regional commission headquarters and other U.N. sites around the world, where roughly two-thirds of the U.N. Secretariat’s staffers work. This could  take place, Guterres said, under his current authority, without further member state approval.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

·         A major reshuffling of U.N. bureaucratic roles between its internal Department of Field Support (DFS) which currently supports peacekeeping, and its Department of Management. This would extend DFS support to U.N. functions beyond peacekeeping, reduce duplication of services, and ostensibly improve execution and oversight  of U.N. strategy and policy in the Management Department .


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

·         Improved staff performance management and greater mobility to match the decentralized model. ·         Replacement of the U.N.’s confusing and complicated biennial budgeting system for a process of annual budgets and fewer financial performance reports.N. funding pigeonholes in the budget, from thirty-six to six, which would greatly expand the Secretary General’s ability to juggle resources against demands.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

·         An extremely undefined increase in U.N.N. performance, fraud and corruption to not flourish in the new decentralized system, and that U.N. member states can clearly see the results.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

According to his own timetable, Guterres hopes to get a vote of confidence in his overall strategic plan, the “proof of concept,”  from U.N. member states by the end of the year. They he expects to  spend a full year working out details, and have the entire reform system in place by January one, twentyonenine.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Just how he will do this, and whether the Secretary General will even succeed in getting approval for those ambitions,  is still an open question.  “I have not been overly impressed by how fast he has come off the starting blocks,  observes Thomas Weiss,  a distinguished expert on U.N. organization and governance, and a staunch but critical supporter of the organization. “He’s taken 8 or 9 months to arrive at his recent positions, and it’s not quite clear what his next steps are,” he added.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Weiss also notes  that when Guterres first took office, he had the opportunity to make a complete administrative sweep of top officials, but instead extended the terms of most of them. “I think it would have helped to fire more of them.” This does not bode well for overcoming institutional inertia, he said. Nonetheless, Weiss also adds that Guterres has proposed “doing some things that desperately need to be done,” while warning that “they are only announced; nothing has happened.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Aside from a slow start, Guterres can also expect growing opposition from member states that have gotten used to micro-managing internal U.N.N. budgetary authority is zealously guarded by member states, even if they don’t put up the money themselves. Simplification of the budget system amounts in many cases to reduced bargaining leverage. While Guterres claims great latitude in decentralizing U.N.N. member states. “There is a slightly different interpretation of what he can do on his own versus what member states think he can do,” observed a Western diplomat, without citing the actual differences.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

When it comes to reorganizing and reshaping budget lines, and decentralizing expensive decision-making, the opposition is likely to stiffen further, especially with Guterres highly undefined promises of greater transparency and accountability as the secret sauce that supposedly binds all such changes together. “Neither him nor us know exactly what that means,” says a Western diplomat.


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

Indeed, transparency and accountability, along with staggering inefficiency, have been glaring weaknesses of the U.N.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

The departmental reshuffle, in the view of 1 Western diplomat, may also be a mistake: “You need an awful lot of political capital to start smashing departments together.”  Moreover: “It will not make any difference if people don’t learn to work together.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

At a deeper level, observes Brett Schaefer, an expert on U.N. finance and reform at the conservative Heritage Foundation, there is no effort in the reform program to look, for example, “at the U.N.’s more than nine, mandates to see if all of them are necessary and relevant today.”


UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

“He talks about the U.N.’s fragmented management style, but he talks more about moving boxes around U.N. diagrams,” Schaeffer said. “Decentralization complicates fragmentation substantially.” Any substantial U.N. reform, Schaeffer says, “is going to have to look at actual activities, and whether they are worth continuing.” What the reform campaign shows so far is that “he has clearly gotten the message fro the U.S. that there is vast dissatisfaction at the way the U.N. is working.”

UN launches blitz reform campaign as 'absolutely essential' protection against Trump Administration

–  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres…

–  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is…

On paper, at least, it amounts to perhaps the most ambitious…

Guterres’ chief motivation, though he won’t say so…

Suicide bomber kills 4 east Libyan security force members: spokesman

BelgiumNigeriahanaAzerbaijanI, LY (Reuters) – Four…

BelgiumNigeriahanaAzerbaijanI, LY (Reuters) – Four members…

Clashes continued in central Derna on Wednesday around the…

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Police in HOU have filed capital murder charges against a…

Police in HOU have filed capital murder charges against a…

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