From AP via Yahoo! News, this trial balloon comes from the same people who let Sudan serve on the UN Human Rights Commission. What illustrious and well-functioning nations will get various other operations?
"We are particularly interested in exploring the benefits of possibly relocating certain administrative functions to lower-cost countries, but we will need to undertake a detailed cost/benefit analysis in each case," the document said, without giving specifics.
Yeah, scattering operations around the globe and paying people less should really help with the corruption issue.
The United States has been pushing for a major management overhaul that would give the secretary-general more power and flexibility. But the 191-member General Assembly, dominated by developing countries, controls the U.N.'s purse strings and is not expected to give up any power easily.
This promises to be a comedy of errors, starring the Non-Aligned Movement.
Does the UN need a call centre? Bombay, sorry Mumbai, is good I hear. The trouble I have with Indian call centres is not the standard of English. That is generally higher than the English spoken by immigrants who live here, although the call centre staff are unfamiliar with our institutions and idiom. They are also unfailingly polite even if they cannot help me and have no idea what I am talking about. It's the faint line, the delay before I get their reply, and the feeling of distance. Like Bombay is not in India but on a planetiod somewhere south of Jupiter. Imagine this. *Good day Sir, I am Mabel, how can I help you. * Hello, Hello, it's the Bishop of Gondwanaland here. Half my country is flooded, the other half is suffering from drought. Our government is corrupt and my people are in Dire Straits. We need your help. * Dire Straits, are they not a rock band? I do not understand you. Are you seeking a music, culture and appreciation grant? In that case you need Music, Culture and Development NGO. Please ring 00 55 11 22 33 44 during office hours.... * No, no, we have an Internation Crisis here. A Famine of Biblical proportions. * Ah I see you have a faith issue, you need our Faith and Community NGO, please phone 00 55 44 33 22 during office hours. Have a nice day.. thank you Sir, glad to be of service.* I jest, but this is serious. Lives are at stake.