In the Aug. 25th issue of The Economist, the United Nations Secretaria placed an advertisement that seeks for highly qualified individuals for employment as junior professional officers, But applicants are required to take a competitive examination to be held on feb. 26, 2008.
Among the disciplines covered are environment, finance, human rights, information technology, political affairs, program evaluation, and statistics. However, it is disheartening to note that the competitive examination is only open to nationals of at least 52 countries, including the United States. In Asia, the countries included in the list are Brunei, Cambodia, South Korea, and Vietnam and Japan. Surprisingly, the Philippines is again left out for reasons unknown to many. What ‘s so special about Cambodia, Brunei and Vietnam that they were included in the list? From here, as if the color of discrimination reins within the walls of the United Nations. Undoubtedly, South Korea was on the list because its Secretary General is from that country. Will somebody from the U.N. please stand up and explain why?