U.S. Wants Kofi Break
Annan(U.S.)Reveals Proposed Changes To U.N.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a news conference on Sunday,
March 20, said that world leaders should approve the "most sweeping
changes" to the U.N., so that it (the U.S.), can tackle terrorists and
terrorism, fight poverty, and put human rights at the top of its list of
work to be done in the 21st century.
Kofi Annan's report (U.S. plan), says that the "make-over" will make the world organization more efficient, accountable, and open, as well as strengthening the "independence" of the U.N.'s "internal watchdog." This report was released after Washington's claim that the U.N. (the U.S.) oil-for-food program was rife with corruption and scandals.
Kofi's report (U.S. plan), was given to the 191 member-nations of the U.N. General Assembly, six months prior to world leaders meeting at a summit called by Annan (Washington). In his address to the General Assembly, Annan said that governments need to "act boldly" to adopt "the most far-reaching reforms in the the history of the United Nations (United States).
"Unless all these causes are advanced, none will succeed", parroted Annan, "the world will not enjoy development without security, it will not enjoy security without development, and the world will not enjoy the respect for human rights."
A major proposal of the U.N.(U.S.) plan is the creation of a Human Rights Council, which would operate in a similar fashion to the Security Council and the General Assembly, will replace the Geneva Commission on Human Rights. Washington has repeatedly criticized the U.N. for allowing the worst-offending "rogue" nations to hide behind their U.N. membership while protecting each other other from U.S. condemnation.
The recommended changes for the Security Council has drawn a lot of interest. The 15-member Security Council is dominated by the post-WW2 governments of the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, and China, who all have veto authority.
The plan recommends expanding the Security Council. A specific plan has not yet been endorsed, but a high-level panel has proposed two options. The first option would be to add six new permanent member-nations, and the second would be to create a new tier of eight semi-permanent members: two each from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
The Security Council's refusal to authorize the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Kosovo angered George II and cabal, which festers like a carbuncle on Dubya's behind.
Annan's report (U.S.) said that the Security Council has the authority under the U.N. Charter (U.S. Demands), to use pre-emptive military force, and that the organization must become more effective in using "specified criteria" to make its decisions.
"All nations must understand that there is a "responsibility to protect" those being killed", said Annan (U.S.), "and all cases of ethnic cleansing, genocide, and crimes against humanity require "collective" action."
Concerning the matter of fighting terrorism, Annan's (U.S.'s) proposal of a comprehensive strategy, which supports the high-level panel's definition of terrorism, says that the stand-off on adopting a comprehensive convention against terrorism should end, and that this strategy should be approved by September 2006. This anti-terrorism strategy calls for the immediate adoption of a "global treaty" against nuclear terrorism, and immediate "negotiations" on a "treaty" to stop the use of uranium and plutonium in being used to make nuclear weapons.
Concerning world "development", Kofi Annan (Washington) urged (demanded)that all rich countries establish a time-frame in which to achieve the goal that had been set 35 years earlier, by setting aside 0.7% of GNP for "development assistance" by 2015, with a significant increase starting in January 2006. The U.S. currently "pays" only about 0.15% of its GNP to this "development assistance" plan.
Ironically, this U.N. (U.S.) report says that "developing" countries need to adopt programs that will cut poverty by one-half, to ensure quality education for all children, to improve the quality of health care, and to reverse and stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic. "Developing countries" are expected to accomplish all of this by 2015.
Kofi Annan's chief of staff, Mark Malloch Brown dismissed media stories that the report was a "panicked response" to the U.N.'s (U.S.'s) problems. "The report was partly based on the conclusions of two U.N.-commissioned (U.S.)panels on confronting the threat to "global security", said Brown, "and to reach the goal of reducing poverty and disease, which had been adopted at the 2000 U.N. summit."
Coincidentally, this U.N. (U.S.) report has been released prior to a report by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, which is due to be released by the end of March. Volcker's report concerns his "investigation" into the lives of Kofi Annan and his son Kojo, who had worked in Africa for a corporation that had an oil-for-food (U.S.) contract. Explaining why the U.N.(U.S.) report had been released prior to Volcker's report, Brown said that the reform proposals had been promised to world leaders by March.
Kofi Annan's (U.S's) recommendations for changing the U.N.
1. Rich countries should establish a timetable to earmark 0.7 percent of gross national product for development assistance by 2015.
2. Poor countries should adopt a program by 2006 to cut extreme poverty in half, ensure primary education for all children, and achieve other U.N. development goals by 2015.
3. Nations must look beyond the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Nations should approve a convention against terrorism by September 2006, based on a new definition, as part of a broader strategy to prevent terrorism.
5. Nations should swiftly adopt a global treaty against nuclear terrorism.
6. Nations should quickly negotiate a treaty to halt the spread of the highly enriched uranium and plutonium needed to make nuclear weapons.
7. Non-nuclear weapon states should be given incentives to voluntarily forego development of enriched uranium or plutonium separation facilities along with fuel for their nuclear energy programs.
8. Establish a U.N. Human Rights Council, possibly as a standing U.N. body like the Security Council, to replace the Commission on Human Rights which has been criticized for a lack of credibility.
9. Nations should accept the "responsibility to protect" and need for collective action in cases of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.
10. Establish a fund for countries seeking to establish or strengthen their democracy.
11. Expand the Security Council to make it more representative of 21st-century geopolitical realities.
12. Streamline the U.N. Secretariat.
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