The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is an ever-growing maze.
Its latest and greatest growth project derives from the seeds it had planted during the Rio+20 jamboree held approximately two years ago.
Needless to say, the activists were considerably less than thrilled with the outcomes; however, the UNEP’s word-salad tosser-in-chief, aka Achim Steiner, attempted to mollify the dissatisfied by telling them that they would be pleasantly surprised with one of the outcomes.
As I had noted last year:
The UNEP, parent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its highly unsuccessful Kyoto Protocol, as well as a multitude of other acronymic offspring, is about to celebrate 40 years of generating and promulgating increasingly scary stories – and its recently acquired “upgraded” status in the UN maze. [emphasis added -hro]
Long story short (at this point) is that during the process of “translating” from the typically dense and arcane prose of far too many UN documents regarding the UNEP’s “upgraded” status – and the “historic” inaugural gathering of the new, improved “United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme” (UNEA) to be held June 23 – 27 at UNEP’s HQ in Nairobi, Kenya – I happened to stumble across two glaringly opposite aspects of Steiner’s ever-growing empire.
First, some excerpts from the security advice (pdf) they provided to UNEA delegates:
For your own safety, kindly read and follow the below listed tips:
Avoid crowded areas such as malls
When walking, keep to the main roads and avoid shortcuts down back alleys and the like. However, where possible, take a taxi rather than walking
Never walk at night in the city center even for a short distance – always take a taxi
Be wary of people loitering outside hotels
Ignore street children and people coming up to you in the streets with hard-luck tales. They may be pickpockets or part of an elaborate scam. The best thing to do is just to walk on and ignore them
Do not carry large sums of money. Avoid carrying credit cards, wearing expensive jewelry, watches or the like when walking in the street
Do not accept food and drinks from strangers; visitors have been known to be drugged and then robbed
Amazing, eh?! You’d think that – at the very least – the UNEP would want to put some effort into cleaning up its own backyard, before inviting the world.
Compare the above red-lettered (by me!) text with the following from the “United Nations Visitors’ Service, Nairobi” Facebook page:
Did you notice that, folks?! Just in case you missed it, here’s the text from that Facebook post:
United Nations Visitors’ Service, Nairobi shared a link.
500,000+ children are displaced w/in #SouthSudan – you can help @OCHASouthSudan here: http://j.mp/1pjY43Z
And if you were to follow that link from the Facebook page, you would find that it goes to:
DONATE TO THE SOUTH SUDAN COMMON HUMANITARIAN FUND
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has teamed up with United Nations Foundation to collect online donations for the South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund.
Your donation will help humanitarian NGOs and UN agencies in South Sudan to assist the most vulnerable communities affected by sudden onset emergencies and urgently requiring food, water, shelter and other basic needs. Through this rapid and flexible response mechanism your funding can be truly life-saving.
Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it?! How did the plethora of UN agencies determine that the 500,000 children in South Sudan are somehow more deserving of being (at least a purported) target of aid than an unknown number of children who might be found on the streets of Nairobi?
Hypocrisy, thy name is United Nations.
For more advance fanfare on the new, improved, ever-expanding “do as we say, but not as we do” UNEP, see also:
And … as a bonus … here’s the UNEP’s head honcho, Achim Steiner in action, flogging the new, improved (somewhat modulated and almost “scare-free”) UNEA: