Here is the latest chapter of the book 'UN: How to make your organization a complete laughing stock': on the cards to head the UN's Commission on Sustainable Development is... Zimbabwe. Joseph Heller? Jonathan Swift? Monty Python? Nope, just plain old reality. You take a prosperous country and turn it into a ruin, and hey, you get to head the Commission on Sustainable Development - what could be more natural?
How can an organization seeking credibility and legitimacy in the world go on in this way? It might be said in response that, well, those are the rules: it was Africa's turn, and Africa is sponsoring Zimbabwe's candidacy. But there's an answer to this. Change the rules. Have some conditions - like to do with appropriateness - for who does and who doesn't get to head UN commissions.