The Oil-for-Food Scandal at UN: Questions of Governance Issues


Code : GOV0017

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Industry : Business Law, Governance and Ethics

Region : Iraq

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Abstract: The Oil-for-Food programme was set up by the UN Security Council after the 1991 Gulf War to provide humanitarian goods to the Iraqi people in exchange for oil. The largest humanitarian programme in the UN history, the programme was initially considered to be a success. However, in the course of time, it became evident that the programme was manned by various illegal activities during export of oil and import of humanitarian goods. The then President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein and various other UN officials were alleged to be involved in the scandal. Since the programme was managed and run by the United Nations, the mismanagement and corruption raised serious questions regarding governance issues at the UN and its credibility came under threat.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand various governance issues of the UN
  • To discuss the potential challenges that the UN might face to restore its credibility among its member nations.

    Keywords :Corporate Governance Case Study, Oil-for-Food programme, Governance issues at United Nations (UN), Persian Gulf War, Economic sanctions on Iraq, Humanitarian programme in Iraq, UN system, UN Security Council, UN Charter of Values, UN Secretary General, Benon Sevan, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Mismanagement and corruption at UN, UN peacekeeping forces in Congo

    Contents :
    » The Oil-for-Food Programme
    » The Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)
    » The Scandal
    » Governance Issues at UN

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