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Iran, Voice of the UN’s ‘Committee on Information’

June 10th, 2012 - 12:53 am

It is Iran that currently prepares the reports of the UN’s Committee on Information, to be submitted to the same General Assembly where Iran currently serves as one of the 20 vice presidents. Here’s a link to the UN Department of Information’s report  on last month’s meeting of the Committee on Information, at which the main voices, along with the European Union (which applauded the proceedings), appear to have been those of the Palestinian observer, Algeria, Cuba, Venezuela and Moldova.

You might suppose that with 193 members states to choose from, the UN would be able to scrounge up better candidates to guide its adventures with information. But at the UN, merit counts for little or nothing in such decisions. Many of the slots are apportioned according to geographic groups. Iran belongs to the Asian group, in which, for reasons which it would behoove America’s own public information services — including those of the State Department and the White House —  to explain to the rest of us, Iran wields a remarkable degree of influence. Despite being under Security Council sanctions since 2006, Iran continues to enjoy an out-sized number of special posts at the UN.

All this might be of some interest to U.S. taxpayers, whose dollars bankroll 22%, or more than $20 million of the whopping $92.5 million annual budget of the UN’s Department of Public Information. With guidance like this, perhaps it’s worth taking a closer look at what, exactly, all that money’s paying for?

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