Iran is one of 16 new members just elected to four-year-terms on the UN’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development. (Maybe they can provide handy tips on capacity-building for nuclear bomb technology in UN-sanctioned developing economies).
Iran is also one of 15 countries just elected to the governing council of the UN settlements agency, or UN-Habitat (another of those countries just elected is Venezuela, ruled by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s close chum, Hugo Chavez … is this part of the project Ahmadinejad and Chavez jointly announced last year to build a “nuclear village?”).
And, for the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, four members were just seated by acclamation — one of them being a candidate from Iran.
Oh, and by the way, Iran also sits on the governing council of the UN Environment Program, and the executive boards of UNICEF, the UN Development Program (last year it chaired the UNDP board), UNICEF and the World Food Program (which has also just elected Cuba and Sudan to three year seats on its board).
On top of all this, it looks like Ahmadinejad may soon be making yet another of his many trips to NY, to dominate the UN’s Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, which opens at UN Headquarters in Manhattan next week.
Not for the first time, the thought occurs that it would be a lot easier to just ship the entire UN — lock, stock and seating arrangements — to Iran. Why should Americans bankroll, dignify and host these abominations?