Abdullah Bozkurt – May 6, 2011
It is surprising to see the incumbent, two-term secretary-general of the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) run for another term to lead the world body’s important scientific institution even after he, among others, was slapped by a UN tribunal with charges of harassment and defamation of a former employee, costing the WMO over half a million US dollars in a penalty judgment for material, emotional and other damages.
Embattled WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, whose name was associated with corruption and embezzlement scandals, is not fit to run for another four years to lead this non-political organization, which is crucial for addressing the challenges of world climate change. Jarraud’s name does not inspire much confidence about the transparency and openness that are the key pillars advocated by the UN all over the world. In fact, he should have resigned voluntarily after putting WMO through a great ordeal due to scandals in the last decade.