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News / DT 4-5 / 2008

Volvo admits bribing Iraqi regime, risks losing UN supplier status

 
The UN is scrutinising the list of firms involved in corruption related to the Oil for Food Programme, and considering which should be kicked out of the UN market. Volvo CE may lose its status as a UN supplier. The US Department of Justice lists the fraud investigation of Volvo as one of its major achievements last year, while an investigation continues in Sweden.
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Auditor General: biased NGO aid audit from Sida

 
Audit Director Gina Funnemark at the Auditor General's Offfice casts doubt on the independence and quality of a forensic investigation of NGO aid, commissioned by Sida. Magnus Lindell at Sida says he can’t see what the fuss is about.
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USD 1.5b package aims to boost supply of new vaccine

 
Norway is one of six donors that have put money on the table for a mechanism - the Advance Market Commitment - designed to provide incentive to pharmaceutical companies to develop and supply vaccines to developing countries.
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No cross debarment of Volcker firms

 
After publication of the Volcker Report, UN and World Bank heads of procurement from UN met to discuss how to relate to the report. Two years later, there is still no system of cross debarment in place.
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New chief of Mekong commission

 
Jeremy Bird, an irrigation engineer with experience working in the Mekong region, took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat last month.
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Sweden to host Iraq conference

 
It is confirmed that Sweden will host the International Compact with Iraq (ICI), a UN conference that aims to clarify the support of the international community for Iraq’s development.
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New democracy focus in Swedish aid strategy

 
The Swedish government aims to both simplify and shift the emphasis of the Policy for Global Development, a strategy for involving all ministries in development assistance first adopted by Parliament in 2003.
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