August 9, 2000
Senator Jesse Helms has been calling for the United Nations to
reform itself and reduce its bloated budgets, but the UN reform agenda
now being implemented is very different from what Helms has in mind.
The apparatus for UN-style reform consists of the Millennium
Forum, a gathering of accredited Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), a
UN Millennium Assembly of UN delegates, and a Millennium Summit
attended by heads of state from more than 160 nations. These events
get under way September 6, and the "reforms" will be presented under
Using the rubric Peace, Security and Disarmament, the UN
"reformers" want to establish a UN standing army under the command of
the UN Secretary-General, with the ultimate goal of disarming national
armies. The UN reformers want to eradicate national sovereignty as a
barrier to UN action and use the shibboleth "security of the people" to
rationalize UN action inside sovereign countries (as in Kosovo).
The plan is to transform sovereign countries into administrative
units assigned to carry out UN policies. The UN even wants disarmament
of personal guns, with the UN controlling the manufacture, sale,
distribution and licensing of all firearms.
In the area called Eradication of Poverty, the UN wants debt
cancellation for poor countries plus Western-financed social
development. This means forcing the United States to turn over our
wealth to UN bureaucrats to distribute to Third World dictators.
Under the do-good caption Human Rights, the UN plans to enforce
its version of global human rights through a series of UN treaties,
each of which has its own international compliance commission. These
include the UN treaties on the Rights of the Child, on Discrimination
Against Women, on Civil and Political Rights, on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights, and on the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The heading Sustainable Development is designed to facilitate
total UN control of the environment. In addition to bootstrapping
power to the globalists under the Biodiversity Treaty and the Kyoto
(Global Warming) Protocol, the plan is to use the UN Trusteeship
Council to control the "global commons," which is UN terminology for
the atmosphere, outer space, non-territorial seas, and the related
environment that supports human life.
Globalization to Achieve Equity, Justice and Diversity is a catch-
all phrase to achieve any other power-grabbing goal the UN bureaucrats
may dream up in the future. They want the authority to equalize rich
and poor economies and pretend that redistribution of wealth is equity.
Strengthening and Democratizing the United Nations is doubletalk
for wiping out all power and influence that the United States might
ever exercise in the United Nations. This goal calls for eliminating
the veto and permanent member status in the Security Council and giving
the UN the power to tax so that it will no longer depend on
governments' appropriating funds to pay their dues.
UN bureaucrats are salivating over the prospect of passing the
Tobin Tax, a proposal that has been gaining momentum since the UN
conference in Copenhagen in 1995. This is a plan to tax all
international financial transactions, which would funnel an
extraordinary $1.5 trillion a year to the UN.
These grandiose plans to achieve global governance through the UN
originated in a 410-page report called "Our Global Neighborhood"
published by the UN-funded Commission on Global Governance in 1995.
Ever since, the UN bureaucrats have been working on a "Charter for
Global Democracy" to build the framework for a restructured UN.
The Charter has been incorporated into the recommendations being
advanced by the NGO Forum, precursor to the People's Assembly, a body
of unelected pressure groups with leftwing political agendas that is
supposed to be formally attached to the UN during the Millennium
Assembly. Pompously calling themselves the "civil society," they claim
to be the voice of the people, in contrast to the General Assembly,
which consists of the representatives of national governments.
The lobbyists for these dramatic changes in the mission and
structure of the UN are those NGOs accredited by the UN, of which there
are currently 1,603. Most of the NGOs are also members of the
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which
originated many of the global environmental policies set forth in the
Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Climate Change,
and Agenda 21.
The most prominent NGOs are the radical environmental groups such
as the Sierra Club and the population-control groups such as Planned
Parenthood. The head honcho of this dramatic restructuring of the UN
is Executive Coordinator of UN Reform Maurice Strong, who was Secretary
General of the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.
The best first step to bring all these global government
pretensions to a screeching stop is to pass the Jesse Helms bill, the
American Service Members Protection Act. It would cut off U.S.
military aid to any country that ratifies the ICC treaty and authorize
the President to undertake any means "necessary and appropriate" to
free U.S. soldiers from ICC captivity.