The defining challenge of our time: aka mediocrity forever?

One of the not particularly “inspiring” virtual conglomerates purporting “excellence” — and/or facsimiles thereof — is The Conversation. With a virtual presence in Australia, Africa and the U.S., their motto is “Academic rigor, journalistic flair”. Some time ago (i.e. prior to the original Australian site’s virtual expansion), I had signed up for their E-mail notifications.…

Through the eye of the needle

One of the things that continues to astound me about the ever-growing maze of arms, elbows. hands, fingers etc. of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – which, as I have previously noted, is the unchartered “child” of ECOSOC – is that regardless of what might be going on in the world, neither hell nor…

Of United Nations’ voices, visions and values

A few days ago, I came across an article at the Gatestone Institute regarding the hot diplomatic water in which the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, found herself by failing to follow “the rules” (my bold -hro): […] Wallström’s criticism of “medieval” conditions in Saudi Arabia has caused great parts of the Muslim world to…

UNEP sails on the unchartered waters of the UN

Not too long ago, during the rather fruitless search for something or other in the ever-growing maze of the United Nations, I had stumbled across the Dag Hammarskjöld Library where one can (at least according to today’s tagline) “Explore the World’s Organization”. During the course of retracing our path through this maze, today, my mouse…

UN enters US$4.5 trillion twilight zone

By way of introduction, just in case you missed it, there are at least two new kids on the new, improved, ever-growing UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) block (or maze to be more precise), The first (which I wrote about here) is called “United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme” or UNEA,…

Old-hand Alcamo picked to rescue “tinkerbell” Figueres?

As readers of this blog are probably aware, I do not have much respect or admiration for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and its ever-growing maze of offspring – which includes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which feeds its so-called “science” to Christiana <tinkerbell> Figueres’ current bailiwick, the “send us your billions…