“BOA” at the UN stands for “Board of Auditors,” which under normal circumstances might be a code phrase for the stuff of eye-glazing tedium beyond compare. But in the UN universe of evasions and cover-ups, audits have their thrills. In recent years, UN audits of various kinds —depending on who does them, and who gets hold of them — have in some cases served as windows on a UN wonder-world of abuse, bribery and fraud; or in other cases, one more way of smothering scandal.
Just such a titanic struggle is now being played out at the UN in the context of the latest scandal, involving Cash for North Korea’s Kim Jong Il. Having first promised last Friday a no-holds barred, outside audit of the entire UN system, the UN’s new Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has since been backing off into what is now looking like Ban’s first cover-up.
Follow Claudia's links for a look at how the UN will be run under new management. The more things change the more they stay the same, at least at the United Nations.
Previous posts on North Korea:
North Korea's Slave State (and we support it)
North Korean Refugee Crisis (does anybody care?)