UN to establish ‘Electronic System’ to monitor disbursement of humanitarian aid
London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In apparent response to calls that the destination of humanitarian aid be more effectively monitored, the UN will act to establish stricter controls in concerned areas by introducing “new electronic surveillance” system to track the movements of Aids
According to reports, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, wants to make it part of his legacy to ensure that cases of reported smuggling and mismanagement of international aid to refugees be effectively dealt with.
To that effect, a pilot programme of the new initiative -electronic surveillance was launched to strictly monitor Tindouf-bound aid last week as dozens of officials from the MINURSO—the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed territory—took part in “special” seminars and technical trainings as a prelude to a “new electronic surveillance” system to track the movements of Tindouf-bound aid.
During last week’s “special trainings,” Colin Stewart, the MINURSO chief coordinator, and Major General Zia Ur Rehman, commander of the MINURSO forces, supervised the mission’s administrative and military officials as they were introduced to the new electronic mechanism to monitor the entry, exit, and distribution of humanitarian aid to the afflicted Tindouf refugees.
In addition to the aid-tracking electronic system, the UNSG reportedly instructed that air and maritime surveillance be increased in disputed areas to more easily identify and track all violations of the UN spirit in the Western Sahara
The news of UN new initiative to monitor Tindouf-bound humanitarian aids is sure to be welcomed in Morocco. Rabat has been one of the most vocal voices regarding the mismanagement of Tindouf-bound humanitarian aid
Rabat has unceasingly called for more international action to monitor the “tragic situation of the camps’ inhabitants due to the violation of their rights and the embezzlement of humanitarian aids.”
In addition to highlighting Guterres’ “personal involvement” in ending years of embezzlement or misuse of UN aid, Moroccan Arabic language newspaper Assabah which reported the development argued, that the training came with a strong message as to Guterres’ position on the importance of the peacekeeping operation.
MINURSO has been at the forefront of heated debates in UN Security Council discussions. Most recently, the US questioned the effectiveness of the mission and asked—successfully—that its mandate be reviewed to six months as opposed to the traditional one-year period.
By contrast, the official announcement of last week’s training sessions provided a glimpse of the UN Secretary General’s unchanged confidence in the necessity of keeping MINURSO operational.