Western countries and human rights organisations were outraged yesterday by the choice of Zimbabwe to chair the UN commission on sustainable development.
Apparently this acid-in-face statement was made by the nations of Africa, who had the vote. Which shows us 2 things:
1) That one of the main reasons Africa is so impoverished is its unbelievably incompetent and corrupt leaders; and
2) The extent to which flagrant racism is acceptable to and even endorsed by the UN and much of its membership when it happens in a 'non traditional' context. That is, not involving white-on-other. Something that's to the detriment of everyone from Darfur to West Papua.
My response, as Howard or Downer, would be to reduce my contribution to UN projects until the commission is reformed or wound up.