10 candidates for next UN chief to be in “globally televised” debate … Ten of the 12 candidates who have announced their bids to replace UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in a first-ever “globally televised” debate, President Mogens Lykketoft of the General Assembly said here Monday. – xinhuanet.com
The UN is moving faster now to become the empowered body of world government and this mimic of a democratic election, as reported above, is just one more piece of the puzzle.
There are of course reports that UN vehicles are seeding Western parts of the United States as well, preparatory for some sort of US national security operation that will make use of UN vehicles.
Meanwhile, using the global blunderbuss of climate change, the UN has been organizing international conferences that supersede national authority.
Most recently, the UN created the “largest coalition of mayors to combat climate change.”
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is, according to the UN, “the world’s largest coalition of mayors, spanning six continents, representing 7,100 cities and 119 countries.”
The UN describes it as the “first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change.”
According to a European Commission (EC) press release, the Mayors and coalition represent more than 600 million inhabitants and more than 8% of the world’s population.
Announcing the accord in Brussels, EC Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said, “The EU Covenant of Mayors shows that when mayors share a vision of a low-carbon future and roll up their sleeves, things get done …
“Bottom-up and close to the citizens: that is the strength of the European Covenant. As of today, this will become the strength of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a coalition that is truly unique on the global scene.”
Expanded activism is evident in the UN’s first-ever “globally televised” debate to be held in the UN General Assembly hall Tuesday evening.
It will be broadcast by UNTV and Al Jazeera Media Network. General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft elaborated at a press conference:
“The first globally televised event where 10 of the 12 candidates for the position of the next secretary-general are able to be present …
“The aim we are looking for is much broader participation in the general (UN) membership and the general public of the world in the selection of the next secretary general. This is the town hall of the United Nations.”
According to the UN Charter, “The secretary-general shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”
In the past, the council has secretly chosen a single candidate for recommendation to the General Assembly. But now nine of the 12 candidates have been publicly interviewed by General Assembly participants. . The 10th interview, of Figueres, is scheduled for Thursday.
Conclusion: At a time when internationalist forces are obviously moving to expand formal globalization on all fronts through such trade agreements as TPP, and by deepening the political bonds of the EU, the UN’s activities are not surprising. They are part of a larger whole.