In the Aug. 25th issue of The Economist, the United Nations Secretariat placed a one-fourth advertisement, seeking 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 on 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 U.S. In Asia, the countries included in the list are Brunei, Cambodia, South Korea and Vietnam. Surprisingly, the Philippines was again left out for reasons nobody knows. What's so special about Cambodia, Korea 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, knowing that the Philippines is a bonafide-member of the United Nations. Undoubtedly, South Korea was on the list because its Secretary-General is from South Korea. Will somebody from the U.N. please stand up and explain why?