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"Consensus" on a Predetermined Outcome
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum.
Jan Pronk was president of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties Six (UNFCCC, COP-6) meeting in The Hague last November, but when he failed to reach "consensus," he could not wait until the regularly scheduled meeting in Marrakech, Morocco this October. Hence he arranged a special meeting in Bonn, Germany in order to reach "consensus" among the 178 participating nations.

"Consensus" means that a majority does not oppose a predetermined outcome; it is really not an agreement about anything. At this UN meeting in Bonn, Pronk is again the "consensus" builder or "facilitator." During the "consensus" process, no nation brings its own agenda to the table; they instead try to fend off the most offensive components of "consensus" documents affecting their citizens and economies.

Even though President Bush declared last March that the "global warming" treaty, a.k.a. the Kyoto Protocol , "fatally flawed," he sent a delegation to the meeting in Bonn in order to protect American citizens and interests.

Our non-participation in the negotiations, however, does not deal a fatal blow to the UN's multifaceted and multilateral agenda. The root of the UN's multilateral agenda exposes our flawed human nature. If, for example, you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it. And when people are given the opportunity to increase their personal wealth at someone else's expense, they will do so.

Since 1992, the UN has been exploiting these human flaws using the unrepresentative "consensus" process and applying it to the environmental issue in order to build a multilateral economic infrastructure for the purpose of transferring wealth from "rich" nations to "poor" ones. In Bonn, "facilitator" Pronk forced exhausted delegates to work throughout two grueling days and nights in order to agree to his preset compromises that were mostly holdovers from former President Clinton's appointees in The Hague. The European Union fought the compromises in The Hague, but gave in to them in Bonn, which resulted in jubilation throughout the crammed plenary hall on Monday.

The American delegation did not join in the instantaneous jubilee when "consensus" was reached among the high-ranking delegates, but respectfully looked on as other nations gave three standing ovations to Pronk and Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Convention Secretariat. There are plenty of reasons for their euphoria beside the fact that they were promised a respite from the punishing "consensus" exercise.

*Tomorrow we will discuss reasons for the euphoria when "consensus" was reached.

 
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