Corrosive corruption

The committee appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to investigate the UN’s “Oil for Food” programme, and the role of Kofi Annan’s son Kojo, is released today, the preface to the report has already been released.. According to The Guardian, the report found “serious instances of illicit, unethical and corrupt behaviour within the United Nations”. You can read the preface to the report here[pdf file]. Kofi Annan last night, in perhaps the understatement of the day, said “I suspect that there will be lots of criticism for myself as chief admin officer”. Update The full report, when issued, should be is available here

The preface has this to say –

The Organization requires stronger executive leadership, thorough-going administrative reform and more reliable controls and auditing

and ends by pointing out

What is important – what has been recognised by investigation after investigation – is that real change takes place, and change over a wide area.

Kofi Annan’s expressions of regret may not be enough.

  • Jo

    A small Irish company, Petrel Resources, has become one of the first small oil “minnows” to win a contract to develop and oilfield in Iraq.

    Petrel steered well clear of the “oil for food” charade, which other companies were sucked into.

    This is a serious success for a very small company which has won a contract for almost $200 million. Oil majors have steered well clear of Iraq for obvious reasons, but Petrel has always employed Iraqi staff and has a long term presence in the country.

    An excellent GOOD NEWS story for a very brave group of Irish oil explorers whose ethical stance on OIL FOR FOOD has now paid off. With a firm foothold in the country Petrel can expect more courting from serious players.

  • peteb

    “has a long term presence in the country”

    Yeah.. Jo.. If I recall correctly, they were in Iraq when Saddam was dictator.

    By the way.. surely you should have added a disclosure to your good news story.. πŸ˜‰

  • Jo


    At the risk of appearing that I know something, they hadnt any deal signed with Saddam, which has helped maintain their credibility πŸ™‚

  • peteb

    Hmm.. I was referring to any potential share-holding on your part.. which might be appropriate to mention in light of the prediction made in your comment?

  • Jo

    Hey its a local and highly newsworthy angle to an otherwise unexciting post, lol, caveat emptor. πŸ™‚

  • David Vance


    You’re right – they were happy to work there when Saddam was torturing and oppressing ..


    So what’s the disclosure – EXACTLY? πŸ˜‰

  • peteb

    “an otherwise unexciting post”

    Cheers, Jo. Although I’m well used to a lack of comments on my posts.. you need a thick skin to blog sometimes.

    I could simply give the public what they obviously prefer.. but I’m a contrary sort. :p

  • Jo

    Hey you got my interest πŸ™‚ And Davids!

  • Jo

    aw Pete, hey u wanna borrow my thick skin? πŸ˜‰
    (I hadnt noticed it was your original post..duh!)

    Psst…France might win? πŸ™‚

  • Jo


    Youd like David Horgan, the MD, he freely admits they are there “for greed and glory” πŸ™‚

    (They will also help the people)

  • peteb

    No thanks, Jo, I’d have to shed my own calloused one first..

    I hadnt noticed it was your original post..duh!

    See previous otherwise unexciting post on the rise of the commentariat ;P

    France? Do they play cricket?…

  • Jo


    Thanks for that link.

    Interesting comments from colleagues πŸ™‚

  • peteb

    Interesting comments from colleagues

    Hmm.. it was the link to the external article that I was intending to highlight.

    *shakes head*


  • David Vance


    Yeah – it was David I debated with – maybe a couple of years ago.