WHO Goodwill Ambassador.......Bob Mugabe !!!!!?????

The irony with Mugabe is that one of the few people with the guts to try and arrest him is Peter Tatchell

For that alone he should get some kudos, and it was not once but twice

Not bad going for a gay lefty, at least he actually spoke up and tried to do something
 

mercurydancer

LE
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Kalashnikov only wanted to be known as an engineer who designed a gun. A good one I will admit, but just a designer.

The UN is becoming something stupid now, not fit for purpose. Mugabe in a role that has any credibility? Something very wrong. Very wrong indeed. He is president for life in his own country, which we cannot really do much about, but having him roam the world on a UN passport is just ridiculous.
 

Slime

LE
About the only hanging around I want to see him do is at the end of a rope from a rafter.
Your post made me think about social media.
I'm confident that many in 'the masses' wouldn't have a clue about Mugabe despite the truly awful things he's organised and overseen, yet those same people are convinced by their twitter or facebook feeds that Trump is truly evil for saying he can touch up women.
 
This just goes to prove you couldn't write real life as a story, no one would believe it.
 
Mugabes Rhodesia - one of the best countries in Africa to live to one of the worst.
From exporting food to the population eating grass and leaves... Mugabe does not even use the the health service there.
 
That's Wiki for you, for the WHO are the ones who say, in small words so people get it, work WITH the UN but have their own assembly, constitution, governance, etc. It was conceived at the same time as the UN was being set up, but not as a part of the UN itself.

It's a fine difference, but a relevant one.
Their founding documents state:

"ACCEPTING THESE PRINCIPLES, and for the purpose of co-operation
among themselves and with others to promote and protect the health of all
peoples, the Contracting Parties agree to the present Constitution and
hereby establish the World Health Organization as a specialized agency
within the terms of Article 57 of the Charter of the United Nations
"

Plenty of other references too. So while it may not techically be part of the UN, it was created by them and in many cases is subject to UN agreements for its existance.
 
I suppose in the end it was Sally Mugabe chewing his ear off 24/7 about not being able to go shopping
 

ancient

War Hero
The mind boggles. How much booze was consumed at that meeting ?

It's a ridiculous as making Tony Blair "Middle East Peace Envoy".

You couldn't make it up.
 
Seems he travels to Singapore for any treatments he needs.
He (or his wife; I don't recall) used to simply take over a scheduled Zim Air flight and tell them to head in a different direction.

That it was the WHO which gave him this accolade is frankly astonishing; UNESCO has just felt the wrath of Mr Trump; the US and others could withdraw its cash from WHO too. I don't see the UK doing that, though; too much virtue involved.

Around 2013 I fell into conversation with a WHO doctor who was inspecting the facilities in Botswana ("very good, generally" - which they are) and remarked on my experience in Zim when I had thought I was having a cardiac event; the nearest hospital (BeitBridge) refused to even admit me as they had no medicine, no technical aids or doctors. My 2ic got me to Messina in SA, where (after a brush with the state health services in which the 'doctor' confessed that the cardiogram baffled him) a private clinic did the necessary. The WHO doctor (Dutch) was clearly uncomfortable about all of this, and wouldn't discuss it at all.

I managed my mine's clinic in Zim, where I brought in all the required medicines etc from SA using solid $US. We regularly had to turn away hundreds of people at the mine gates, or evict people who claimed to be 'family members', which was not a happy task. ZANU(PF) dignitaries from many miles around, naturally, would pitch up when they had the squitters or AIDS or whatever, to be seen by our nurse, and the necessary pills dispensed; no money ever came our way from that direction, though.

Just another tale of the squalid hypocrisy which the UN has become. Incidentally, I had UNDP accreditation, which was another fairly squalid tale, but as with all the other UNDP people in-country, it benefitted me and my company far more than it did the people of the country.
 
Does this mean he's the next Dr Who? I'm confused.
He certainly ticks some of those diversity boxes...
1. Not white ✔
2. Not British ✔
3. Massive idiot ✔
4. Poor at his job ✔
5. Huge racist ✔
6. Unpleasant ✔
7. Ruined a perfectly good country ✔
8. Nepotistic ✔
9. Nasty moustache ✔
10. Unimaginably gargantuan idiot ✔
 
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Tiger-Monkey2

War Hero
I work for the UN and I find his appointment shocking, but not unsurprising. Strange things happen in the UN system for sometimes even stranger reasons.

The UN is not a monolithic all encompassing organisation. Rather it is a conglomeration of six principal organs; the Secretariat, the Trusteeship Council, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Affairs Council, and the General Assembly. All of which are located in UNNY. The final principal organ is the International Court of Justice located in The Hague.

Then there are a whole myriad of specialised agencies, funds and programmes such as UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, FAO, UNESCO, ILO, IMO, etc. The heads of these agencies are separately appointed and are often not based in NY, but rather the in one of the big UN locations; Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, and Bangkok. They are run as separate empires and are often not under the direction of the UN Secretary-General. It is more a case that he is considered first among equals.

However, a lot of what the UN does well is important to everyday life, but not very glamorous. Polio eradication, the global postage system, international air travel system (why passports are almost all to a set global standard) etc.

The headline grabbing stuff such as wars and famines etc are where the UN catches a lot of flack. Some deserved, but often not. The UN gets blamed for not stopping the fighting, but it is the member states who decide the mandate and rules of engagement, provide sufficient and right type of troops (or not) and sufficient funding (or not), or in the case of natural or man made famines food (or not). It is easy for member states to authorise a peacekeeping or other mission, it is very different when the time comes for getting them to cough up the troops which they just authorised. They can then blame the UN for failing to send enough troops etc.

I could go on a long time. The subject is complex, multifaceted and subject to the whims of the member states who can do what they want and then blame the UN.

Unfortunately I cannot remember who said it, but the best comment about the UN is, "The aim of the UN is not to bring you heaven on earth, but to try and stop us all going to hell", or something very similar.
 
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Blogg

LE
Unfortunately I cannot remember who said it, but the best comment about the UN is, "The aim of the UN is not to bring you heaven on earth, but to try and stop us all going to hell", or something very similar.
Stories floating around that Tedros appointed Bob as political payoff for his appointment to African states and possibly the Chinese.What a surprise that would be.

And they appear to have something in common:



"While Tedros’ precise role or stance in these policies is not clear, it is a fact that he was not just a simple technocrat. For example, in 2010, he was ostensibly No. 3 in the executive leadership of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front. That same year, the EPRDF won all but one of the 547 seats of legislature in general elections held in a context of repression.

As foreign minister from 2012 and 2016, Tedros became the face of a government that human rights groups accused of systematic torture, disappearances and repression of the media and civil society. In Ethiopia’s controversial 2015 general elections, Tedros’ ruling declared that it won all 547 seats of legislature amidreports of continued repression."


It’s not so surprising WHO’s new director made Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador
 
Stories floating around that Tedros appointed Bob as political payoff for his appointment to African states and possibly the Chinese.What a surprise that would be.

And they appear to have something in common:



"While Tedros’ precise role or stance in these policies is not clear, it is a fact that he was not just a simple technocrat. For example, in 2010, he was ostensibly No. 3 in the executive leadership of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front. That same year, the EPRDF won all but one of the 547 seats of legislature in general elections held in a context of repression.

As foreign minister from 2012 and 2016, Tedros became the face of a government that human rights groups accused of systematic torture, disappearances and repression of the media and civil society. In Ethiopia’s controversial 2015 general elections, Tedros’ ruling declared that it won all 547 seats of legislature amidreports of continued repression."


It’s not so surprising WHO’s new director made Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador
Africa. Not for cissies.
 
Looks like sanity will win through...

The decision triggered confusion and anger among WHO member states and activists who noted that Zimbabwe’s health care system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s regime.

“I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible,” Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, tweeted on Saturday night.

WHO ‘rethinking’ naming Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador
 
Africa spiraling ever closer to the drain but of course no one saw that coming, did they?
 

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