NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

United Nations Out Of Fiscal Control

November 3, 1995

With few exceptions, the United Nations' present record is one of corruption, incompetence and waste. The United States - which pays one-quarter of the organization's annual operating budget - has been withholding $1.2 billion, demanding greater financial accountability.

  • Despite doing no work, 39 U.N. officials are kept on the payroll at salaries of up to $150,000 a year.
  • Numerous "retired" U.N. officials - drawing full pensions in the high five figures - also have lucrative consulting contracts drawing six-figure fees.
  • The Secretariat in New York spent over $40 million for travel in 1992-93 - not including millions for travel spent by dozens of other U.N. agencies around the world.
  • The U.N. Trusteeship Council continues to function and spend millions - despite the fact that there are no longer any trust territories.
  • The U.N. continues to employ hundreds of typists whose functions are obsolete in the age of the personal computer.
  • Some reports from the Office of Conference Services are five to seven years behind schedule - while printers take twice as many sick and vacation days as other workers and are paid 40% more.
  • Some officials are suspected of or charged with diverting millions in funds, arranging illegal loans, diverting donated food, and running call-girl operations out of offices.
  • More than $1 million worth of goods and $670 million worth of vehicles have disappeared and remain unaccounted for.

Source: John A. Barnes, "U.N.: A Runaway Gravy Train?," Investor's Business Daily, November 3, 1995.


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