DRAINING THE SWAMP

IN GLOBAL TERMS, THE U.N. BUDGET IS SMALL CHANGE, BUT THE BLOAT AND INEFFICIENCY AMID ITS MORASS OF AGENCIES AND OTHER ENTITIES THREATEN TO BRING DISASTER

THE UNITED NATIONS TURNED 50 this year, and in a historic gathering, more than 100 heads of state and government will celebrate the occasion next week. But as the potentates confer, socialize and speechify at U.N. headquarters and around Manhattan, some clouds will hang over the proceedings. If the U.N. is ever to solve the world's problems, it had better first solve its own, and it has plenty.

Consider: the former head of a major U.N. agency routinely charged the organization for business trips already paid for by individual governments. A high official at U.N. headquarters in New York City is...

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