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REPORTS 2002:   Mar 20    Mar 22    Mar 23    
UN Scheme to "Free the Entire Human Race From Want"
International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).
Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams reporting from Monterrey, Mexico.
March 20, 2002
United Nations meetings reveal their resolute and systematic objectives as expressed by UN Development Program (UNDP) administrator Mark Malloch Brown, who claims that the International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) taking place this week in Monterrey, Mexico, is a critical step in a "three-conference story line." According to Brown, the first conference in the "three-conference story line" was the 2000 Millennium Assembly, followed by this Monterrey conference and the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August.

The UN General Assembly mandated this meeting directing the International Monetary Fund, the Word Bank and the World Trade Organization with the objective of finding the money to execute the Millennium Development Goals that 147 heads of state and 191 nations adopted in their Millennium Declaration. President Bush says he supports the international development goals and the UN Millennium Declaration. (www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/03/print/20020314-7.html)

Heading this conference as well as the upcoming summit in Johannesburg is UN Under Secretary-General for Sustainable Development Nitin Desai who claims, "Johannesburg will deal with the actual ‘how-to’s’ of development rather than the financing behind it." In other words, "consensus" was reached before the 58 heads of state and 5000 delegates traveled to Mexico. While the UN is calling upon the "rich" nations to ante up the money to execute the Millennium Development Goals, the "poor" nations view this conference as a means to debt relief, and furthermore as proclaimed by one delegate during the opening plenary on Monday, "to free the entire human race from want."

A myriad of ways to "milk" funding from the "rich" nations are being discussed in several closed-door meetings. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called upon "rich" nations to double their annual "official development assistance" (ODA), a.k.a. foreign aide, from $50 to $100 billion within two to three years.

President Bush in a speech last week to the Inter-American Development Bank meeting in Washington, DC announced a $5 billion increase (50%) in foreign aide over the next three years, as well as, the creation of a "Millennium Challenge" account. He is to address the conference in Monterrey on Friday.

The UN in 1970 adopted the most hotly debated funding scheme being discussed, which is for nations to contribute 0,7 percent of their Gross Domestic Product to foreign aide. If adopted, America’s foreign aid spending would skyrocket from $12 billion a year to more than $70 billion. Although it is unlikely to be added to the Monterrey "consensus," UNDP chief Brown enthused, "This is the first time that we can see some real movement. I can see governments coming around in time [to the 0.7 percent of the GDP goal]." America’s annual trade amounting to between $450-500 billion annually with developing countries is not part of the UN equation.

Another idea being discussed in Monterrey is tax harmonization so that high-tax nations could impose their tax laws on income earned in countries with lower tax rates. In order to release the UN from the will of sovereign government dues-paying, a global taxing scheme is being considered as well. Impositions of a carbon tax for burning fossil fuels, a tax on international monetary transactions, and a tax on sea-lanes and international airspace are on the bargaining table.

If he who pays the piper calls the tune, then the development of such comprehensive funding schemes for the UN will indeed impact our national sovereignty and individual freedoms. I plan to keep you updated on the progress of this meeting in Monterrey.

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