UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been criticised for poor leadership and allowing the world body to “fall apart” by a departing senior member of his team.
The damming remarks have been made by the former head of the organisations internal oversight office, Inga -Britt Ahlenius of Sweden who resigned last week.
In a confidential memo Ahlenius accused Ban of undermining her authority and weakening the UN’s oversight functions.
Phrases such as “no transparency”, “a lack of accountability” and “causing the secretariat to drift into irrelevance”, ring out from the page.
Ahlenius was head of the body which investigates suspected wrong doing at the United Nations.
It all bodes ill for Ban who is seeking a second term as Secretary-General. The criticism represents an unusually vociferous attack on the UN chief who has been criticised before for his unfulfilled pledge to restore the UN’s reputation, tarnished by corruption.