In watching the United Nations, there are these moments that come along every so often in which something seems simply too bizarre to be true. I had such a moment this past week, while looking at the web site of the UN’s lead agency, its flagship UN Development Program, or UNDP, where it looked as if the executive board had just picked as its chairman of the board for 2009 — Iran. Yep, they really did. More in my column this week for Forbes.com , “Iran Wields the Gavel at the UNDP.”
At UN's Flagship Agency, New Chairman of the Board Is...Iran
By Claudia Rosett Jan 15, 2009 7:16 AM ET
For media inquiries, please contact [email protected] Claudia Rosett is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist covering international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Ms. Rosett worked from 1984-2002 as a staff editorialist, editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared before six U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on subjects including U.N.-related corruption and the Iran-North Korea strategic alliance. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award, and for her on-site coverage of China's Tiananmen Square in 1989, she won an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence. She is a Foreign Policy Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, and writes a column on foreign affairs for Forbes.com.