By LUIS R. MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MARCH 24, 2012
The Green Climate Fund, an entity created during the last Climate Change meeting in Durban, South Africa, is seeking diplomatic style immunity, just as the United Nations itself has it. Although the UN is the organization that sponsored the Durban Climate Change talks, the Green Climate Fund does not officially belong to the UN and therefore does not have the right to be immune from prosecution.
All things aside, an important question to ask is, why is a supposed environmental agency seeking diplomatic immunity? What kind of actions is it carrying out or will it carry out that prompts it to request such a privilege? Let’s start with the money issue. The Green Climate Fund is in charge of distributing some $ 100 billion a year, which it will receive from countries that adhere to the agreements signed during the climate conferences such as the one conducted in Durban and the next one to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next June.
From those $ 100 billion that member states have pledged, the Fund intends to spend some $30 billion in projects it calls “fast start-up” endeavours. Those tasks are supposedly oriented towards helping underdeveloped nations to mitigate the effects of an imaginary climate crisis that is underway in the minds of people who believe that humanity is causing the planet to get warmer. This assertion has been at the very least found to be erroneous by thousands of independent scientists who separately observed historical data and recent measurements of water levels, CO2 emissions and planetary weather and have determined that not only is the planet not warming, but that it is indeed cooling off. (Please do your own research).
The Green Climate Fund’s only purpose is, as UN members have confessed, a plan to redistribute the wealth of the planet, except that wealth does not seem to be going to the neediest people in the poorest countries. Additionally, politicians and unelected participants in previous UN meetings plan to obtain the funding for their Green Climate Fund from taxpayer money taken from middle and lower classes in developed countries, to give it to rich folks in underdeveloped nations. How will that contribute to saving the planet from the nonexistent condition they fear so much? (Again, do your own research).
So far, 24 nations are part of an interim board of trustees ( emphasis added on interim) which in future meetings will be cut down to a handful of representatives (centralized power) that will then become the permanent members of such a board of trustees at the Green Climate Fund. After being conformed last year in Durban, the interim body will have its first meeting next month in Switzerland to elect its secretariat which should be up and running by next November
This interim body (again emphasis given on interim) already expects to spend some $6.7 million of the taxpayer resources starting now and until June 2013.
“Before it is fully operational, the GCF’s creators — 194 countries that belong to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — want it to be immune from legal challenges and lawsuits, not to mention outside inspections, much like the United Nations itself cannot be affected by decisions rendered by a sovereign nation’s government or judicial system,” reports FoxNews.
The UNFCCC, another creation of the UN, under which the GCF operates, does not enjoy the privilege of having immunity either. This means that is not protected by the General Convention that provides the United Nations with diplomatic immunity against anything and everything. Neither the UNFCCC nor the Green Climate Fund are at this point under any type of immunity or protection, which makes their work and personnel accountable to international law and even perhaps decisions made by independent nation states. The UN cannot be affected by such decisions. The General Convention that protects the UN was established after the end of World War II.
In order for the UNFCCC to have diplomatic immunity, the organization would need to call for a vote where all members of the Kyoto Protocol must approve such a resolution. That vote must be accepted, approved or ratified before it had any legal effect. Another way in which the UNFCCC could obtain their dreamed immunity is by asking the UN General Assembly to vote on its initiative and again, all members are required to vote for the resolution to make it binding.
Neither the UN itself nor the UNFCCC seems to have a finalized written draft that explains what would their request for immunity entail. The organization is said to be working on a final document that may be presented to the UN in the next few months.
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