“Strengthening the partnership between the United Nations and the private sector (corporations) will be one of the priorities of my term as UN Secretary-General.” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, World Economic Forum, 1997.
This is how the corporations essentially got the job of running the world. They’ve had the heads of states and their legislators do their bidding and now they have the United Nations asking them to help fix the mess that these corporations caused with globalization and open markets when the bottom line is all they live for.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed business into a global compact in 1999 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. And on January 31, 1999 “he suggested that companies embrace and enact nine universally accepted principles in the areas of human and labour rights and the environment.” A tenth principle, anti-corruption, was added on June 24, 2004. They and other groups would join the effort to make the world a better place and help to curb the backlash from the damage globalization has caused in many parts of the world by open markets.
The Global Compact’s nine principles deal with Human Rights, Labour and the environment. “Annan challenged world business leaders to ’embrace and enact’ the Global Compact, both in their individual corporate practices and by supporting appropriate public policies.” (cetim link above, scroll down)
Two of the Compact’s principles that Obama ignored when he signed those trade agreements are number 3, the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor and 4, the effective abolition of child labor. But some, maybe more of the big multinational companies, allow child labor and abuse for long hours everyday for pay amounting to $3 to $10 a week and little to eat. These children, many with parents, work in making clothes, heavy machinery and more. They get no education and no fun, an essential part of growing up. It’s estimated that there are 115 million children worldwide in forced labor.”
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was “the first group to officially join the Compact” in March of 1999. In July, “the Global Compact was announced in a joint statement made by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Chamber of Commerce, Adnan Kassar…In July 2000, it was declared operational and was officially launched again…at UN headquarters in New York (UN2001).”
But here is how the head of the International Chamber of Commerce laid down the law for the Compact a few months later:
“There must be no suggestion of hedging the Global Compact with formal prescriptive rules. We would resist any tendency for this to happen.” (cetim)
Corporations can’t be punished for violating the rules. They could use dialogue as a learning tool about good corporate behavior or get delisted, which means nothing. Corporations use PR events but go on with business as usual, disregarding the environment and labor, two important principles of the Compact. That means Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama passed all those corporate trade agreements, knowing that there are no enforceable rules on the environment or labor in them. It means that many more Americans are going to lose their jobs to overseas countries from the last three trade agreements Obama pushed through for campaign money. (South Korea, Columbia and Panama) It means that Obama is adamant in his goal to bring about the integration and harmonization of nations into large trading regions based on international law.
“The ICC had also specified that the UN’s September 2000 Millennium Assembly should ensure that the United Nations take the lead in supporting a rules-based open system of international trade and investment while opposing all forms of protectionism.” (cetim)
So the UN became a cheerleader for corporate globalization. “Since its official launch in 2000, the Global Compact office has spread the initiative further by developing local, mini-Global Compacts and encouraging UN agencies to catalyse or engage in public-private partnerships for development.” (cetim)
Does that sound familiar? George W. Bush and Barack Obama have jumped on this attempt to form public-private partnerships for development. In new world talk, that means the integration of government responsibilities with the private sector (corporations). That includes integration, harmonization and privatization of nations, Harmonizing would be between integrating nations and between regions (North American Community, European Union, the Americas). All regions would be harmonized; rules, regulations, laws, standards for production of products, etc. This group of interconnected regions would be under global and regional governance, including trade agreements, which are running much of this planet. Democracy. Where?
Remember the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPPNA)? George W. Bush and the leaders of Canada and Mexico “signed” it on March 23, 2005. The PM of Canada and others have said so in print. Later, because of bad publicity, the name was dropped but it ‘s still in business. The road map for this “partnership” is the Council on Foreign Relations plan for Building a North American Community. The three leaders, often with their CEO advisers, have been meeting at an annual summit to discuss progress on the integration process of North America.
On page 3 the plan is quite clear and they are implementing it now:
“The Task Force purposes the creation by 2010* of a North American community (region) to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that ‘our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.’ Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.” (no more USA)
*That outer perimeter was delayed, lacking Congressional legislation but President Obama chose to ignore Congress and announced the integrated project, a North American perimeter (a new border), is going forward, January 4, 2011.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is very active in the Bush/Obama plan to integrate the 34 nations of the Americas . In her meetings with leaders of the Caribbean, Central and South America, she emphasizes that with the “partnership” we all will prosper together with the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative.
At the Intervention at Pathways to Prosperity Ministerial in El Salvador (May 31, 2009), Clinton talked about the future of the “Americas”:
“In El Salvador and throughout the region, we are focused not on old battles but on new partnerships that improve lives, advance democratic principles, and promote the common good-we seek to work in a spirit of mutual respect with those who share our goal to make the Americas more peaceful and prosperous.”
“And Pathways should be open to working with new partners including other nations and sub-regional banks that share our commitment to open markets and greater social inclusion. I want to note the presence of the observer countries – Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago – that are here today. Going forward, I hope you and other countries from our hemisphere will join us in this initiative as full members.”
“But let us also embark together down a new path defined by shared responsibilities, shared opportunities, and a commitment to improve the life of every citizen in the Americas. We are part of the same family, this continent is our common home, and we will inhabit a common future. Let us do all we can to harness the untapped human potential that covers this vast hemisphere.”
Clinton on integrating the Americas (with sovereignty for the governing agreement of the Americas) in a Miami Herald Op-Ed, June 1, 2009:
“We can forge new partnerships that bring together governments, businesses, sub-regional institutions, diaspora communities, and other stakeholders to harness untapped resources and talent.”
Partnerships is a word that means integration.
The US and the EU “have signed up to a transatlantic economic partnership at a summit in Washington.” The agreement took place on April 30, 2007 and the partnership is scheduled to get deeper. “The pact is designed to boost trade and investment by harmonising regulatory standards, laying the basis for a single market.” And the relationship will get deeper. A single market is the next big step toward deeper integration. Some were calling for a Transatlantic Market by 2015, but now the date for completion is 2020.
In order to implement this Transatlantic Market, an “implementation group comprised of a small number of members of the US Congress and European Parliament, members of the US cabinet and EU commissioners and heads of major US and EU regulatory agencies” will be required. See our members of Congress who have been meeting with the EU Parliament for over a decade on this project to open up the flow of people and commerce across the Atlantic. Easy access. Plenty of devoted Muslims too.
Mexico has already signed a trade agreement with the EU and Canada is currently working on one. So “some formal arrangement with the United States is becoming economically and politically more compelling.”
Visit the TPN (Transatlantic Policy Network) to access the EU-US organization that is merging economically and otherwise in the next few years as the push toward global and regional governance continues. There is also a list of US congressmen who have been meeting with their counterparts from the European Parliament for over a decade and there are plans for a permanent group (transatlantic parliament) to continue this transatlantic integration.
First visit the document,” Oct. 2011, Toward a Strategic Vision for the Transatlantic Market.” Read pp. 25, 31. Then click on the Global Governance2025 link at the bottom of the short paragraph, a news release from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office, September 20, 2010. The topic:
“National Intelligence Council and European Union’s Institute for Security Studies Release Report on Prospects for Global Governance.”
“The report concludes that three effects of rapid globalization are driving demands for more effective global governance: (1) economic interdependence; (2) the interconnected nature of the challenges on the international agenda; and (3) interwoven domestic and foreign challenges.”
Finally, George W. Bush, the biggest activist for regional and global governance, was at a meeting in Slovenia in 2008 discussing his new economic partnership with the EU, signed on April 30, 2007. In a joint declaration Bush said:
“We seek a world ‘based’ on international law, democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and strengthened by broad and sustainable market-based economic growth.” Corporations come out the winner.
I can guarantee you that many members of Congress feel the same way and, as you can see above, are actively working toward that goal.