Roger L. Simon

Who Can Blame Them?

UN employees have voted ‘No Confidence’ in Top Leaders

A union representing United Nations staff has voted “no confidence” in senior management, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The vote is largely symbolic and has no effect over Annan’s job or anyone else’s. But it isn’t a good sign for his and other top officials’ effectiveness as leaders of the world body.

It is the first time in the labor organization’s history that it has cast such a vote, which happened behind closed doors Friday afternoon at U.N. headquarters in New York.

The move was in response to a series of scandals plaguing the United Nations under Annan’s leadership.

Shall we say… “The Whole World Is Watching!” (hat tip: Daniel Aronstein)