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Excited Executives at the UN, World Bank, IMF and WTO
International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).
Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams reporting from Monterrey, Mexico.
March 22, 2002
Goals set at the 2000 Millennium Summit led to the United Nations (UN) meeting on Financing for Development taking place in Monterrey, Mexico. Its aim is to find new sources of "development" to pay for the goals set at the 2000 summit. For the first time in a UN forum, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are meeting to fund these goals and they could not be happier.

World Bank President James Wolfensohn was giddy during a press conference Thursday saying, "The first check is always the best check. What we have seen from the U.S. [when President Bush proposed the increase in foreign aid by 50%] is the first check." Mike Moore, Director-General of the WTO was excited too saying, "The reason we are here is because of the Millennium Goals. This is simply fulfilling those goals." Managing Director Horst Kohler of the IMF added that they have defined global governance and that policies to define it are under way. These international finance leaders clearly understand the UN plans for global governance and are pleased by the progress being made in Monterrey.

Even though the UN claims that global governance is not the same as global government, there are no discernible differences. Like a government, the UN has an executive branch, a legislative branch and this summer it expects its International Criminal Court (ICC) to come into being that will constitute its judicial branch.

UN "executive branch" bureaucrats are not elected; they are appointed, which is a critical disparity from what Americans hold dear in our constitutional republic. As for a law making "legislative branch," their continuum of major conferences has created a multitude of treaties that are commonly used in international law. The "judicial branch" is most onerous to Americans because whether our U.S. Senate ratifies the ICC or not, every citizen will come under its purview.

The UN needs one more thing to become a sovereign government: the authority to tax. That is what the UN plans to accomplish through a series of three major conferences: the 2000 Millennium Summit, the ongoing meeting on Financing for Development and the upcoming Sustainable Development event in August.

I have watched the UN since 1995 move nations inch-by-inch toward accepting global governance by manipulating human greed and pitting poor nations against rich nations. After enticing them to adopt UN-prescribed "rights," they set themselves up as the guarantors of these new "rights" convincing the Third World that the only way they can prosper is for rich nations to redistribute their wealth to them.

Rich nations have been manipulated too, and several factors have aided their quest for taxing authority. Most recently President Bush joined his predecessor former President Clinton to support the 2000 Millennium Declaration development goals that sets out seven goals that demand even more funding for the UN and for poor nations.

The first goal of the Millennium Declaration, for example, is to "halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015." Even if the proportion is halved by 2015, there will still be 900 million people living in extreme poverty in the developing world according to the UN Development Program's new data released 18 March 2002, so it is an unrealistic goal. Furthermore, America's own recent history proved that declaring war on poverty was a utopian dream that caused more problems than it solved. It is wrong to think that a war against poverty could be won on a global level, but it sure could accomplish a lot for global governance.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a group in Monterrey that it would take $54 billion to meet the Millennium Declaration Goals, but obviously the real issue is not meeting those goals. Developing more and independent funding for the UN, creating the infrastructure for the redistribution of wealth and establishing global government are the real issues.

His callous comment about America's September 11 tragedy further unmasks the UN aim: "The fact that we are all here makes it apparent that all of the focus is not on terrorism.... In five months we go to Johannesburg [for the third meeting in a series aimed at increasing foreign aid commitments and establishing independent funding sources for the UN]." It seems that nothing can deter Annan or the UN from global governance.

The UN has enticed both rich and poor nations to Monterrey to make progress toward global governance. President Bush is to addresses the UN meeting on Friday. Maybe he will tell us why the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and United Nations are so excited. I'll keep you posted.

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