[My original post of the material below apparently was lost for reasons unknown to me]
I know that taking potshots at the UN for hypocrisy, impotency, inefficiency, and corruption is like shooting fish in a barrel, but this is beyond the pale.
Zimbabwe has been nominated to head the Commission on Sustainable Development, which, created in 1992, is supposed to take the lead in facilitating reliable information exchange, environmental protection, and viable economic development, among other things.
Mugabe's regime has physically abused international media members and killed political dissidents. What was once Africa's breadbasket now sees its more successful residents dealing in the mouse-meat trade. Annual inflation is running at well over 1,000%. To clean up the filthy slums that developed around major Zimbabwean cities, Mugabe had them razed to the ground with bulldozers. He's confiscated most of the country's white-run farms, wrecking the only sector of Zimbabwean society that adds net value.
African nations overwhelmingly support the Zimbabwean bid (the commission rotates by continent, with the members of the sending continent essentially choosing what country will fill the spot). South African President Mbeki has hinted, with decreasing subtlety, that he would like to emulate Mugabe's land redistribution disaster.
The end of colonial rule on the Dark Continent has not benefitted the average African. Empowering African countries through wealth transfers has done little other than prop up corrupt regimes. The best things the developed world can do for the destitute, low IQ nations of Africa are to try to distribute nutritional supplements and birth control devices as efficiently and ubiquitously as possible. Cash in the form of foreign aid is only going to continue to perpetuate existing problems.