Accuracy In Media
True facts about UN meetings

Reed Irvine, Cliff Kincaid

September 4, 2000


Some exaggerated reports have been circulating recently on the Internet about the nature and effect of a series of global forums and summit meetings that will occur at the UN from late August through October of this year. Some critics of the U.N. have confused some bizarre and ambitious plans of U.N.-associated NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, with what the U.N. or its member governments may do. However, one of the more frightening agendas has been offered by the U.N. Secretary-General himself, Kofi Annan.

In a new document, entitled, We the Peoples: The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century, Annan has set the stage for coming events. His report was described as a sweeping redefinition of the U.N.'s mission. His proposals include the following: Number one - "Strengthening peace operations." This sounds good, except for the fact that U.N. "peace operations" sometimes make a conflict worse. U.N. peacekeepers in such places as Somalia and Sierre Leone have been accused of gross human rights violations against civilians. Some see Annan's plan to "strengthen" peace operations as designed to lay the groundwork for the creation of a standing U.N. world army.

Number two: Annan wants all "necessary resources" for the U.N. This is another way of saying that he wants more dollars from American taxpayers. Number three: Implementing the Kyoto Protocol. This treaty, not ratified by the U.S. Senate, would cripple American industry and raise energy prices in the name of combating alleged global warming. It would exempt countries like Communist China. Number four: "Debt relief" for the Third World. This proposal could cost as much as $2.5 trillion, most of it drained from U.S. taxpayers. It would send good money after bad, all in the name of giving Third World countries another chance to get their economies in order. There's no guarantee this money, like previous loans, would not go into the foreign bank accounts of corrupt leaders.

Number five: Expansion of the U.N.'s main governing body, the Security Council. This is presented as a plan to help poor, Third World countries get more of a voice in U.N. affairs. It is really designed to diminish the power of the U.S., which can wield a veto over Security Council decisions. The impact of expansion would be to put more pressure on the U.S. not to conduct military operations in our own national security interest. And number six: Strengthening international law and creating a "global legal order" by implementing the treaty to establish the International Criminal Court, the ICC, which could arrest and imprison American citizens. Not even President Clinton or Vice President Gore supports the ICC in its current form. Candidate George W. Bush is also against it.

Annan is expected to push some of these proposals at the U.N. Millennium Assembly and Summit in early September. Before that, Annan will embrace a so-called "Word Peace Summit," also to be held at the U.N., whose honorary chairman is CNN founder Ted Turner. Although Turner has made fun of Christians and has ridiculed the Pope, the Vatican is cooperating with the event and has sent a special representative to it. Turner has promised extensive coverage of the affair.



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