Guest essay by Eric Worrall
WUWT recently reported how UNESCO allegedly yielded to pressure from the Australian Government, to clumsily excise criticism of Aussie management of the Great Barrier Reef from a climate report. The coverup PR disaster has just become even worse – The Guardian is now accusing UNESCO and the Australian Government, of conniving to try to cover up the coverup, to conceal details of how the coverup was arranged.
UN tries to hide involvement in deleting Australia from its climate report
In May, Unesco published a report with the UN’s environment program, Unep, and the Union of Concerned Scientists about the impact of climate change on world heritage sites, which were also major tourist attractions.
Australia was the only continent not mentioned, despite being home to several important sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, which were being heavily affected by climate change.
A Guardian investigation revealed in May that three Australian sites were included in an earlier version of the report, but were removed after the environment department objected.
As well, all mentions of Australia were removed from the introduction and other sections. The Guardian later published the draft section on the Great Barrier Reef that had been removed.
The department said it had asked for the changes because it was concerned the information could negatively affect tourism.
Now emails between various government agencies and Unesco have been released to the website Climate Home under freedom of information but almost all the content has been redacted.
“Unesco advised that it is their practice not to disclose exchanges of letters or correspondence between the secretariat and its member states, and requested that this type of material not be disclosed pursuant to this FOI request,” she said.
If UNESCO and the Australian Government had come clean, apologised, and promised a review, the story would have fizzled and been forgotten. This absurd new twist in my opinion demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt that nothing UN agencies say should be trusted.
The UN seems to have an almost pathological need to try to conceal embarrassing or politically inconvenient information, even when the essential facts are already public knowledge.
Update (EW) – fixed a typo in the first paragraph