STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Norwegian government said Tuesday it has frozen its donations to a South Korea-based environmental organization after reports emerged that its chairman spent huge sums on flights and food.
The Global Green Growth Institute, which advises developing nations on low carbon growth policies, came under fire in Denmark last week after it was revealed its Danish chairman, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, spent more than $180,000 on first class flights and food during 15 trips. Lokke Rasmussen heads Denmark's liberal party Venstre and served as the country's prime minister in 2009-2011.
GGGI's finances have previously been criticized in an audit in South Korea.
Norway's ministry of environment spokesman, Gard Nybro-Nielsen, said that the government will withhold donations of $10 million until it sees the results of another audit of the organization's finances. Denmark, which has donated 90 million kroner ($16 million) to GGGI, has also demanded a review before its support scheme is renewed in 2014.
GGGI spokesman Mike Sullivan said the organization has made significant progress in addressing issues raised in the South Korean 2012 audit, which was completed while GGGI was under a different leadership and before it became an international organization.
He said the organization submitted a progress report earlier this year detailing what it has done to address the issues and will submit another one "in just a few weeks."
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police say a Mercedes Benz was making a left turn, when it failed to yield the right of way and struck the police car.
Police in Orleans County say they found 43 bags of crack cocaine inside a vehicle on South Main Street, in Albion, on Friday.
A Buffalo city jail cell block attendant was arrested early Saturday morning on multiple animal cruelty charges.
An airman from Niagara Falls was away training for the Air Force for months. After being apart from his family, he decided to surprise them at Kelly’s Country Store in Grand Island.
Police say 29-year-old Joshua Sullivan was already issued an order of protection that prohibited him from subjecting the child to any verbal or physical abuse.
A jury will now decide the fate of a teenager accused of killing his girlfriend's young son.