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Accusing a UNWTO Secretary-Common makes him the decide and jury

  1. The UN specialized agencies are autonomous international organizations that work with the United Nations.
  2. All have been brought into a relationship with the UN through negotiated agreements.
  3. Some existed before the First World War. Some were associated with the League of Nations. Others were created almost simultaneously with the UN. Others were created by the United Nations to meet emerging needs, and they appear to be the personal needs of an incumbent UNWTO Secretary-General.

The world is in trouble, especially the global tourism world is devastated by COVID-19. Effective leadership in the World Tourism Organization, the cooperation between UNWTO and WTTC is vital, but none of this has happened since Zurab Pololikasvili was appointed Secretary General on January 1, 2018.

A perfect crime?

Unfortunately, the only person in charge of the UNWTO, General Secretary Zurab Pololikashvili, has managed to play his cards. The only problem is that he has been held accountable through manipulation and possible election fraud and is now responsible to hear and decide any complaint against himself.

The only sad part is that most of the UNWTO member countries have political commitments and are not addressing this issue. Other countries just don’t get it, some may not care.

Mr Zurab Pololikasvili would most likely not be Secretary General Zurab Pololikasvili today if the 2018 elections were conducted fairly and according to the rules.

Both at the 2017 Executive Council meeting in Madrid and at the 2018 General Assembly in Chengdu, it became clear that rules had been violated, which meant that Zurab Pololikasvili was first elected and then confirmed. It could have been a perfect crime.

What happened?

The decisive act happened in broad daylight when the former Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai was deliberately misinformed by his legal advisor, who later received a significant promotion from the current Secretary General Zurab Pololikasvili.

After 3 years, eTurboNews has finally received a legal analysis of the process and plans to publish it this week.

The countries had transferred membership fees to the UNWTO in Madrid. They had sent it to an organization run by one person that many say is running for its own benefit, Zurab Pololikasvili. Zurab Pololikasvili’s final goal could be to become Prime Minister of Georgia.

Zurab Pololikasvili is the only person who not only overlooks the affiliated UN organization, but is also the person who has the final decision on any matter or complaint. He is a judge and jury in the UNWTO. The UN Supervisory Committee is not responsible for the UNWTO.

What it means?

Even if the question of fraud could be brought forward in the 2017/18 election, there are currently no consequences for the defendants.

The only consequence would be that the UNWTO General Assembly this year rejects the confirmation of Zurab Pololikasvili for the term of office of the Secretary General from 2022.

It is not clear when and where this general assembly will take place. The GA planned for October in Morocco is becoming more and more distant.

This can be the overall plan. With so many African member countries, they might not be able to send a minister to Madrid if the event were moved back to the headquarters of the UNWTO. Confirmation would be much easier if fewer countries attend a general assembly.

The Moroccan General Assembly is only a little over a month away and nothing has been planned or announced yet. This can all be a forward planning plan by Zurab Pololikasvili.

What to do if there is a problem with a UN agency?

The United Nations Office for Internal Oversight Services is an independent bureau within the United Nations Secretariat whose mandate is to “assist the Secretary-General in performing his internal oversight of the Organization’s resources and personnel.

However, this agency has no jurisdiction over any United Nations-affiliated agency, including the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

What is a UN affiliated agency like the UNWTO?

The UN system consists of the main secretariat and separately administered funds and programs as well as specialized agencies.

Funds and programs include, for example, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Program, which have executive boards and executive directors but report to the UN Secretary-General. In contrast, specialized agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have their own governing bodies and executive bodies and are not under the authority of the UN Secretary-General.

The organizations, which are legally independent international organizations with their own rules, memberships, organs and financial resources, have been linked to the United Nations through negotiated agreements.

The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and generally accessible tourism

The UNWTO Secretary General is the head of this independent UN member organization. What it means:

  • The defendant would decide on a lawsuit for manipulation, corruption and fraud in the 2017/18 UNWTO secretary election.
  • Manipulation and preferential treatment at the UNWTO Secretary General 2021 in 2021 would be decided by the defendants.

Unfortunately, the UN will not look into such a complaint. In the UN family, specialized agencies are independent, there is no hierarchy. The UN itself has no authority over the other institutions.

The Joint Inspection Unit, which is a joint body of the UN system, could deal with this. It would be very unlikely that this body would interfere. It reports to the UNWTO itself and no one else.

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on eTurboNews on the subject.

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