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“There is no development on a dead planet”

Campaigners outside of the UN building in New York on the eve of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit. (Photo: Marisol Grandon/Department for International Development via flickr/cc)

Campaigners outside of the UN building in New York on the eve of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit. (Photo: Marisol Grandon/Department for International Development via flickr/cc)

This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. Click here to see more of Andrea Germanos’ articles

World leaders gathered at the United Nations on Friday and adopted a set of development goals—from eradicating poverty, to achieving gender equality, and taking urgent action on climate change—but they’ll only be achievable, according to anti-poverty organizations, if we bring an end to business-as-usual.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the objectives for 2030 known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as “bold yet achievable” and “the result of the most open and transparent consultation process in the history of the United Nations, in which individuals, community organizations, businesses, scientists, academics and other partners worked with Governments.” The goals’ stated focus is “leaving no one behind.”

Celebrating their adoption, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said the SDGs are “ambitious on paper—and they could be historic in their impact.… Read the rest

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Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief


Joseph Cannataci

United Nations privacy chief Joseph Cannataci says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed, per the Guardian:

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

Speaking to the Guardian weeks after his appointment as the UN special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci described British surveillance oversight as being “a joke”, and said the situation is worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen.

He added that he doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and said it was regrettable that vast numbers of people sign away their digital rights without thinking about it.

“Some people were complaining because they couldn’t find me on Facebook. They couldn’t find me on Twitter. But since I believe in privacy, I’ve never felt the need for it,” Cannataci, a professor of technology law at University of Groningen in the Netherlands and head of the department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta, said.

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UN wants to bypass US Constitution to enforce climate rules

“Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the [U.S.] Congress, they will refuse” the French Foreign Minister said at a conference in Bonn, Germany. The United Nations and United States government have constantly butted heads with each other. Their principals are wholly incompatible. Whereas the U.S. First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law…,” the UN Declaration of Human Rights states “These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” In short, freedom of speech cannot be used to criticize the UN.

France is slated to host the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference from November 29 to December 11, this year. The ad-hoc Working Group has already drafted rather radical approaches to solving the world climate crisis:

“In reviewing and revising Annex I to the Convention, the total amount of greenhouse gases, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent, emitted by a Party to the Convention since 1750 A.D.
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An Analysis of ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’

This is an editorial column that does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Disinformation as a company.

First of all, the phrase “equal pay for equal work” is not a new slogan. It originates from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For those of you that have not taken the time to do so, I suggest reading the document in full. It is vastly different from the American Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. It states that one of these human rights is the right to social security which is set up “through national effort and international co-operation.” In other words, it legitimizes massive loans to countries through the IMF which lays a burden on the countries the money comes from (mainly the U.S.) and creates an economic colonialism in the countries that receive the aid.

While reading said Human Rights declaration, look at Article 8 that states man gets rights “granted him by the constitution or by law.” The Declaration of Independence states that rights come from the creator.… Read the rest

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Australia PM’s Adviser: Climate Change is UN Hoax to Create New World Order

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Maurice Newman is going to get kicked out of Canberra before you can say “G’day” if he carries on exposing UN conspiracies to create the New World Order. His op-ed piece in the Australian [paywall] has gone viral, picked up here by the Guardian:

The Australian prime minister’schief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order – provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator.

Christiana Figueres, who heads the UN framework convention on climate change, touring Australia this week, urged the country to move away from heavily polluting coal production.

Under Tony Abbott’s leadership, Australia has been reluctant to engage in global climate change politics, unsuccessfully attempting to keep the issue off the agenda of the G20 leaders’ summit in Brisbane last year.

Maurice Newman, the chairman of Abbott’s business advisory council and a climate change sceptic with a history of making provocative statements, said the UN was using false models showing sustained temperature increases to end democracy and impose authoritarian rule.

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Cuba estimates US embargo has cost island $116.8bn in damages in 55 years

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Cuba Libre by flippinyank via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

via The Guardian:

The figures were published in a report that Cuba prepares for the United Nations each year in requesting a resolution

US economic sanctions against Cuba have cost the island nation $3.9bn in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the overall estimate of economic damage to $116.8bn over the past 55 years, Cuba said on Tuesday.

The figures were published in a report that Cuba prepares for the United Nations each year in requesting a resolution urging an end to the comprehensive US economic embargo and other sanctions against Cuba’s Communist government.

The United Nations has passed the resolution for 22 straight years with overwhelming support. Last year the vote was 188 to 2, with only the United States and Israel voting against the resolution.

Although many US allies join Washington in criticizing Cuba’s one-party system and repression of political opponents, the Americans have lost nearly all international support for the embargo since the collapse of the Soviet Union.… Read the rest

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The Oxymoron of Peace


“Five centuries of European colonialism and global culture-trashing, and the remaking of the world in the economic interests of competing empires, cannot be undone by a single institution and a cluster of lofty ideals.”

Robert C. Koehler writes at Common Dreams:

“At the same time, values and ideas which were considered universal, such as cooperation, mutual aid, international social justice and peace as an encompassing paradigm are also becoming irrelevant.”

Maybe this piercing observation by Roberto Savio, founder of the news agency Inter Press Service, is the cruelest cut of all. Geopolitically speaking, hope — the official kind, represented, say, by the United Nations in 1945 — feels fainter than I can remember. “We the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war . . .”

I mean, it was never real. Five centuries of European colonialism and global culture-trashing, and the remaking of the world in the economic interests of competing empires, cannot be undone by a single institution and a cluster of lofty ideals.

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Fear Of Agenda 21 Sweeps The Nation

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Save America Foundation

Who would have thought that fear of the United Nations would bring right-wing Republicans together at last? Slate reports on the amazing Agenda 21:

State lawmakers in Missouri last week revived an effort to significantly curtail local planners’ ability to adopt the type of smart-growth policies long touted by urban developers, demographers, and climate scientists. The bill, which sailed through the state’s lower chamber this past Monday, represents the latest victory for a onetime fringe movement that has spent the past two decades slowly gaining traction among conservatives by warning of an actual, real-life U.N.-orchestrated global takeover.

The specific target of the Missouri legislation may be well-known to heavy consumers of conservative media, but most Americans have probably never heard of it: Agenda 21, a nonbinding resolution that was signed by President George H.W. Bush and 177 other world leaders at the end of the United Nations’ 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

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It’s World Press Freedom Day!

It’s what? Well the United Nations has dubbed May 3rd as “World Press Freedom Day.” Needless to say the gang at disinformation don’t take a free “press” (kind of an outdated term, right?) for granted, so we’re pleased to support the initiative:

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World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The focus this year is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in developmentthe safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism

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Debating Poverty At The United Nations: Do The Media Hate The Poor?

United Nations, New York: One is always proud to be invited to speak at the United Nations, one of the few global institutions that is still taken seriously, and that can generate international resolutions and shape programs free of total domination by the big powers.  

When you are an outsider like I am, it’s a bit of an ego boost to think that the world might be listening to little old you, and that, at least for one session, you are among the chosen to hold forth on something serious in what critics deride as ‘The House of Babble.’


I have been around the world body for years, even as recipient of a prize for a TV documentary from the UN Correspondents Association  (UNCA). In that case, the film offered a strong critique of the UN cockup in Bosnia, but then, the award was presented to me by the then (and sixth) UN  Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali, who clearly hadn’t seen it

So, yes there is pretense and hypocrisy,  but there are also sincere and dedicated people—diplomats and international civil servents– working to improve the world.… Read the rest

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