UN oversight body faults decisionmaking at world bodys drug control office

In a report released today at UN Headquarters, the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) concludes that the major weaknesses of ODCCP “stem from over-centralized and heavily personalized decision-making and the absence of institutional mechanisms to ensure that programmes are properly conceived and efficiently executed and the results are assessed.” Introducing the report at a news conference in New York, the head of the oversight office, Under-Secretary-General Dileep Nair, said the “committed, resourceful and talented staff” working at ODCCP suffered from low morale. “The common view held was that there was no transparency in executive decisions, especially concerning personnel matters,” he said. “While within some units structured dialogue on work matters was maintained, overall staff-management consultation or communication unfortunately was dysfunctional.” The report’s findings were presented to ODCCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi by OIOS officials who “made it clear that the management situation at the Office cannot be allowed to continue,” Mr. Nair said. “OIOS urged the Executive Director and his senior management to institute drastic and immediate change.””I must say that OIOS took note of the self-critical reaction of the Executive Director to the inspection’s findings and recommendations and his assurance that remedial actions would be expeditiously executed,” the Under-Secretary-General observed. Mr. Nair emphasized that any corrective measures would only succeed “under one key condition – that is, the competence, professionalism and integrity of top management must be transparent, collegiate and must enjoy the trust of the staff.” The OIOS report was transmitted to the General Assembly by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In a cover letter accompanying the report, Mr. Annan says he “concurs with its recommendations and notes that measures are being taken to correct the issues addressed in the review.” read more

Dinos Schooled on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Carbon High School students braved the blustery weather and dropping temperatures on Wednesday for an educational purpose.Local law enforcement and members of the Southeast Utah Health Department, as well as the Highway Safety Coalition, banded together to school the Dinos on the importance of driving aware and all of the dangers that go along with distracted driving, such as texting while operating a vehicle.These students were welcome to try out a course while driving golf carts and being distracted by attempting to text while “driving”, often crashing into the orange cones that made up the course. A special vehicle was also brought to the event for a simulation of a direct crash experience.The students that participated were welcome to collect grab bags with pamphlets, flyers, flashlights, lanyards and more before returning to class. This event was also hosted at Lighthouse High.“Our hope was to bring some awareness to the students about the importance of not getting distracted while operating a motor vehicle,” Sergeant Kelly Maynes with the Price City Police Department stated. read more