By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, January 25 – With the UN system facing 40% budget cuts from the US, on January 25 UN Development Program chief Helen Clark confirmed she will leave on April 19.
While Inner City Press first reported the interest of France's Segolene Royal in replacing Clark, and the UK's David Miliband has also been mentioned, other UN sources have told Inner City Press this post, "like UNICEF and WFP, may go to an American." We'll see.
Of the candidates to replace the increasingly discredited Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary General, Clark was the most active on social media.
She also, as Inner City Press exposed, had UNDP go after a UNDP staff who dared tweet criticism of her.
She was once getting a tobacco award but when exposed by Inner City Press, turned it down. There's more to be said but the news of the day is the impending budget cuts.
And why WAS France minister for development meeting with and lobbying Antonio Guterres on January 25? We'll have more on this.