Ban Ki-Moon Removes Saudis From Blacklist Over Fear of Losing Funding

If it was that easy, I would say that Canada should have done this ages ago:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he temporarily removed the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from a UN blacklist for violating child rights because its supporters threatened to stop funding many UN programs.

Ban Ki-moon said he had to consider “the very real prospect” that millions of other children in the Palestinian territories, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and many other places “would suffer grievously” if U.N. programs were defunded.

“This was one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make,” he said.
UN secretary-generals are always subject to pressure from the 193 member nations. But in a rare rebuke, Ban Ki-moon said in this case some unnamed countries had gone too far, declaring “it is unacceptable for member states to exert undue pressure.”

The secretary-general was responding to what he called the “fierce reaction” to his decision, which was denounced by human rights groups. They accused the UN chief of caving in to Saudi Arabia and said the U.S.-backed coalition belongs on the list for its attacks on children, schools and hospitals.

Ban Ki-moon said he stands by his annual report on children and armed conflict, which “describes horrors no child should have to face.”

  • Ron MacDonald

    Trump should make the same threat once he becomes president.

    • Petrilia

      I have every reason to believe he will.

  • B__2

    Ban Ki-Moon has standards, you know!
    Standards so low you would need a feeler gauge to measure them.

    According to the UN’s own figures (ST/ADM/SER.B/910), Saudi Arabia contributes 0.864% of the general funding of the UN – by comparison the USA contributes 22%, and even Canada contributes 3%: more than three times that of Saudi Arabia. Sweden contributes more money to the UN than Saudi Arabia.

    Ban Ki-Moon has just shown that it is acceptable that countries use their threats of withholding funding of the UN to ensure favourable outcomes. The free world should respond accordingly. Personally, I’m in favour of defunding the UN entirely, and replacing it with a select club of the “League of Free Nations”, just as the United Nations replaced the previous “League of Nations” that preceded it.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Canada is a free nation? When did that happen?

      • WalterBannon

        it used to be on the to-do list but the liberals scrapped the idea

      • It was but, well, you know….

        • Will Quest

          Ban Ki-Moon to Ibn Saud{omized} …hey big boy all forgotten/forgiven, do everything,love you long time …..

          • Ban Ki-Moon is a typical UN yes man. I hate to see who replaces him.

          • DavidinNorthBurnaby

            Whoever she is I bet she’s a muzzie

          • One can bet on it.

  • WalterBannon

    Ban is showing his true colors

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Money spoke and bullshit took a hike.