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BY Joan Veon


Davos, Switzerland - For most Americans, the Super Bowl is the only thing of importance on their mind.  Yet 5,000 feet up in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Switzerland, the rich and powerful CEOs, whose corporations have a total market capitalization of $8T and who create wealth and jobs, are meeting to discover the “state of the world.”  While networking is key and business is accomplished, so too, is the political agenda that is far different from the one found in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.  With the blessing of its Republican and Democratic leaders, America is being pulled into a global framework of states that are now “interdependent” as all of the barriers between the nation-states have been torn down.


Yearly the WEF brings together 1000 of the world’s most powerful CEO’s along with governmental policy decision-makers.  This year it will sponsor 200 workshops covering a wide variety of topics:  China, Climate Change, Poverty, the Global Economy, Islam, US Leadership, Bubble Economies, the World Trade Organization, Terrorism, Private Equity, Oil Prices, Crises, etc. Special messages will be heard from French President Jacques Chirac, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Executive Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Huang Ju, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and others. 


This year CEO’s are being given a crash course in “world government”.  French President Jacques Chirac delivered the opening address and called for a global tax to pay for helping poor countries out of poverty. 


The World Economic Forum is a facilitator for the goals and objectives of the United Nations—which is world government.  In fact, this year, if you know what to look for, you can see that the undercurrent of this year’s meeting is to sell the participants on the “Reform of the United Nations,” a report released in December, 2004.  Entitled, “A More Secure World:  Our Shared Responsibility,” it outlines the changes needed throughout the UN system to help it conform to the threats of terrorism in the 21st century.


The Reform of the UN recommends basically a world military state in which the UN has a rapid deployment force (already set up), the Security Council is enlarged with power to enforce sanctions, member states provide additional troops for disbursement to the UN at any time, the UN is given a legal mechanism to enforce the International Criminal Court Statutes, a global police force is set up for peacekeeping and a peacebuilding commission is established  to help countries avoid the state of collapse and sliding into war by transitioning them from war to peace.  The Peacebuilding Commission is not in the Charter and will have to be voted on.   


Furthermore, the Reform of the UN is built around a new radical concept of “collective Security.”  Collective security rests on three basic pillars:  (1) Today’s threats recognize no national boundaries, (2) are connected and must be addressed at the global and regional levels as well as the national levels and (2) no state, no matter how powerful, can by its own efforts alone make itself invulnerable to today’s threats.   Any event or process that leads to large-scale death or lessening of life changes and undermines States as the basic unit of the international system is a threat to international security.


International security is based on: (1) economic and social threats such as poverty, infectious diseases and environmental degradation, (2) inter-state conflict, (3) Internal conflict such as civil war and genocide, (4) Nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological weapons, (5) Terrorism and (6) Transnational Crime.  In other words, the world will intervene for HUMANITARIAN PURPOSES as well as for natural disasters.  This is a complete change from the old style which was based only on war.  This concept, “seals the deal” with regard to interdependency and inter-connectivity between nation-states.


Today the Forum held a three hour Town Hall meeting with participants describing  Tough Issues they would like to prioritize for the 21st Century.  They are, in order of importance:  (1) Poverty, (2) Equitable Globalization, (3) Climate Change, (4) Education, (5) Middle East, (6) Global Governance, (7) Weapons of Mass Destruction, (8) Global Health, (9) the Global Economy and (10) U.S. Leadership.      Most of them fit into “Collective Security.” 


UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote in an article that appeared in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Magazine,


            By integrating all these issues into corporate risk management, companies can help

            the international community advance the collective security agenda, while ensuring

            the viability of their businesses.


What we see here is a merger between government and business.  Partnership is a key building component in this new world that we find ourselves in.  The United Nations formed the Global Compact in Davos in 1999 which basically asks the corporations of the world to partner with the UN in building schools, roads, sewers and clean water for the peoples in developing countries.  This concept is a far cry from the “old fashioned” form of government that we knew.  When you add collective security to global taxation, you find that we really are in a “New World Order.”