Tuesday, February 02, 2010

An unbiased view?

That is the latest offering from the BBC in its so-called "green room". Of course, it would help us better judge her argument if we knew more about Malini Mehra – details which the BBC does not provide.

For instance, she is a "political scientist" (whatever that is) and gender specialist by training. Having "worked" on the NGO circuit, variously for Oxfam and Friends of the Earth, she participated in the UK-funded Sustainable Development Dialogues and served as a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations.

She also contributed to UN publications such as the Human Development Reports on Democracy (2002) and Human Rights (2000) respectively. She has been involved on climate issues since the United Nations’ conference in Kyoto (1997) where she coordinated the input of Friends of the Earth International.

From that, the question really should be, are Malini Mehra's views worth the paper they are not printed on?