It’s well-known that the UN is one of the most corrupt organizations on this planet. The UN has never issued any detailed reports on how it spends the funds member states contribute. It rarely subjects its accounting and finance to external audit.
The last time any independent inquiry of the UN’s finance and accountability was done was in 2005, by Paul Volcker, a former head of America’s Federal Reserve. The independent commission investigated the UN’s then-largest humanitarian aid program, the oil for food program established in 1995 to allow Iraq to sell oil in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs. The 2005 investigation of this program discovered massive corruption involving Benon Sevan, the former head of the UN’s oil-for-food program in Iraq, Alexander Yakovlev, an officer in the UN’s procurement department, and then-UN general secretary Kofi Annan’s son Kojo.
After the disclosure that the UN’s humanitarian program was a huge scandal, the UN vowed to reform. A special anti-corruption task force it set up in 2006 was dissolved at the end of 2008. Since then, little has changed and corruption continues to be business as usual inside the UN…
The United States is the largest contributor to the UN. The series of corruption scandals only demonstrates that rather than doing good in the world, U.S. taxpayers’ hard earned money has enriched some UN bureaucrats at the expense of the world’s needy and the poor. An organization like the UN that is rife with corruption doesn’t have the moral authority to tell the United States what to do.