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WIPO Boss Seeks to Silence Press Critics and Whistleblowers

Bea Edwards, May 09, 2017

On January 25, 2017 the Staff Association of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) headquartered in Geneva, demonstrated to protest the recent actions of Francis Gurry, the agency’s Director General. Unhappy with the duly-elected Staff Association Council, Gurry organized his own elections and simply replaced the legitimate Staff Council with his preferred slate of officers.

President Trump's New Executive Order: Will it Hurt or Help Whistleblowers?

Alice Newberry, May 04, 2017

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection," which will establish a new office within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) called the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. The order intends to weed out VA employees promoting misconduct and to protect whistleblowers by allowing them to disclose wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.

GAP at the March for Science

Dana Gold, April 27, 2017

GAP Urges UN Secretary General to Respond to Staff Associations Appeal on Behalf of WIPO Staff Members

Bea Edwards, April 24, 2017

This letter to the Secretary General and General Assembly of the United Nations from the Presidents of the UN Staff Associations speaks for itself.

In brief, the Staff Associations protest the conduct of Francis Gurry, the Director General of the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), who, among other things, fired the President of the WIPO Staff Association (Moncef Kateb) after he objected to Gurry’s improper actions.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Catastrophe: After 7 Years, We’re Still Stuck with Toxic Corexit

Louis Clark, April 21, 2017

Exactly seven years ago last night, late into the evening, I remember first hearing of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. My immediate suspicion was that the disaster was far worse than the companies were reporting, there were probably whistleblowers and they were ignored. All assumptions based on bitter oil industry practices and incompetent federal government oversight proved true.

GAP Requests Accountability at UN/WIPO

Bea Edwards, April 17, 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, poses increasing difficulties for the United States and for whistleblowers. The real problems became public in 2014, when the US-nominated Deputy Director General, James Pooley, submitted a Report of Misconduct to WIPO’s Internal Audit and Oversight Division.

GAP and the March for Science: Protecting Science and Truth

Zack Kopplin, April 17, 2017

Science, free from political influence, should be a non-negotiable priority of our government. Evidence-based, publicly transparent science protects the public and the environment from present harm and is essential to securing the future of our country and planet. But in the past several months, government scientists have faced increasingly restrictive conditions.

UN Staff Survey Shows Shortcomings in Oversight Office

Bea Edwards, April 07, 2017

According to the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey results recently released at the United Nations, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has a leadership problem. OIOS is the Office responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct, as well as retaliation complaints submitted by United Nations (UN) whistleblowers. Because UN managers enjoy legal immunity with respect to the legal systems of the Member States where the Organization operates, OIOS is the only investigative body many wrongdoers inside the United Nations will ever confront.

Misleading Results From the United Nations Staff Satisfaction Survey

Bea Edwards, April 04, 2017

In February, approximately 4,000 United Nations staff members completed the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey (click here for the survey results), and the tabulated results were released internally in March.