CONTROLLER: The United Nations Inside and Out

CONTROLLER: The United Nations Inside and Out

by Sergei Shishkin

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CONTROLLER: The United Nations Inside and Out by Sergei Shishkin

Controller is the story of a new staff member coming to the UN Secretariat from the Soviet government service. His exploration of the new surroundings from the conference halls of the famous UN building in Manhattan to places far away from public eyes. You will travel with the author to Golan Heights, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Eritrea and other troublesome corners of the planet. You will find out what the UN does in different areas of the world. From economic assistance to peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance to international criminal justice. Told from the unique perspective of the UN’s internal auditor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633934597
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 10/22/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Sergei Shishkin has an unusual biography. He earned his PhD in Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in the former Soviet Union. He then worked as Market Analyst with the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Trade. Then his career took a sudden turn and he became an auditor with the Soviet Ministry of Finance. In 1982 he was selected to work for the United Nations Secretariat where his career in internal audit spanned for twenty-two years. Upon retirement in 2007, he began to write on global economics and his audit experience in both Soviet government civil service and the UN. His first book, Economics for the Non-economist, was published in 2016.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD 3

DEDICATION 5

WHAT THE UN ACTUALLY IS 7

UN TECHNICAL COOPERATION FOR

DEVELOPMENT 23

STAFF MEMBERS OF THE UN 38

UN PROGRAMS OF WORK AND HOW THEY

ARE IMPLEMENTED 42

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION

FOR WESTERN ASIA 46

UNITED NATIONS

CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS;

CONSULTANTS AND EXPERTS IN THE UN 59

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA 64

Some CAREER PATHS IN THE UN 72

“PERESTROIKA” IN THE SOVIET UNION

AND HOW IT LANDED ME IN AFRICA 78

UN ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS 86

HISTORY WAS MADE: CREATION OF THE UN

OFFICE OF INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES 97

HOW THE UN TRIES TO KEEP PEACE 102

MIDDLE EAST PEACEKEEPING 108

Peacekeeping in FORMER YUGOSLAVIA 123

IRAQ PROGRAM 137

PEACEKEEPING IN CYPRUS;

JAMMU AND KASHMIR IN

PAKISTAN/INDIA AND ABKHAZIA IN GEORGIA 142

ARBITRATION CASES: TRY TO AVOID THEM 157

FRAUD AT UNMIBH 171

THE FARTHEST FROM NEW YORK: UN MISSION IN EAST TIMOR 175

MY EARLY INVOLVEMENT IN THE TROUBLED CONGO and

FORTY YEARS LATER: UNITED NATIONS MISSION THERE 185

CONTRACTING IN THE UN: RISKS, CONTROLS AND FLEXIBILITY 197

Peacekeeping in KOSOVO,

SIERRA LEONE AND ETHIOPIA/ERITREA 203

UN MISSION SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE: 210

“THE YAKOVLEV AFFAIR” 215

WHAT THE UN DOES WHEN DISASTERS STRIKE 221

AUDITORS’ MUTINY AND MY RETIREMENT 228

HOW THE UN DEALS WITH CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY:

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA 232

AUDITING THE AUDITORS 244

PALESTINIAN REFUGEES AND WHAT THE UN DOES FOR THEM 248

AFTERWORD 258

Appendix 1

Specialized Agencies of the UN System 260

Appendix 2

Current UN Peacekeeping Operations 261

Acknowledgments 262

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