Maybe Len should apply

Looks like Ban Ki Moon is in a spot of bother just after being re-appointed.

A damning report on Ban Ki-Moon has suggested he is overly secretive, tries to censor criticism and allows backroom deals to dictate who gets some top UN jobs, days after he was granted a second term.

The UN Secretary-General is accused of presiding over an “opaque” system, in which senior officials are hired after vacancies are not properly advertised and applicants’ backgrounds are not always checked.

Mr Ban, who was eased into a second term earlier this month with no opposition, has not increased transparency in hiring practices, a report by the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) found.

When confronted with its findings, his office attempted to make changes that “simply eviscerate the entire report” and demanded that their comments on it be kept secret, it said.

The JIU, a team of up to 11 inspectors elected by the UN general assembly, examines various aspects of the UN with the aim of “enhancing the efficiency” of its international operations.

It was asked almost two years ago to investigate the “effectiveness, coherence, timeliness and transparency” of hiring in the UN Secretariat, the executive body headed by Mr Ban.

It found that, to some member states, the Secretariat’s hiring practice “is seen as opaque, raising many questions as to how the process actually works”.

While they acknowledge Mr Ban’s considerable power in making appointments, concerns were raised about the behind-the-scenes selection process and the fact that “not all vacancies are announced or known to all member states”.

“Discretionary authority does not mean that the Secretary-General has carte blanche to avoid the process that he has established,” the report said.

“Discretionary authority should not be used as an excuse to avoid transparency”.

Looks like Len Brown and Ban Ki moon have been swapping sneaky and furtive training manuals. Sounds like a very similar operation to the the way the Auckland Council goes about its business.

After Auckland perhaps Len Brown could go on to better and bigger things, it seems the UN is well used to sneaky and furtive senior public servants.