The cutoff of U.S. handouts includes not only our major annual gift to UNESCO of $80 million, but also some extra-budgetary donations of $2 million and $3 million a year for special projects, mostly in Iraq. The Palestinians can now request admission to three other U.N. agencies and, if accepted, U.S. law will require us to terminate our handouts to those agencies, too.
The idea of an automatic cutoff of U.S. spending when a recipient takes anti-American actions is a splendid idea. I can think of lots of appropriations where a rule like this would save us money, so let's start with the United Nations itself.
For example, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Bangladesh on Nov. 14, urged world leaders to finalize financing for a multibillion-dollar fund to fight the effects of climate change. He is urging the U.N. climate-change conference that opens Nov. 28 in Durban, South Africa, to raise $100 billion a year for a Green Climate Fund to help poor countries cope with global warming.
Americans should recognize this language as U.N. gobbledygook to transfer U.S. wealth to foreign countries run by corrupt dictators. The 190 countries expected to attend the Durban conference would probably think that is a nifty idea.
Ban Ki-moon started his drive for a huge U.N. climate-change fund by making a tear-jerking plea, about a melting North Pole glacier, at the Copenhagen U.N. conference in December 2009. But despite President Obama's attendance, designed to encourage U.N. wishful thinking, Copenhagen results were zero.
Following the failed Copenhagen conference, Ban Ki-moon assembled a 20-member high-level advisory group on Climate Change Financing to make recommendations to the Green Climate Fund. Members included (surprise, surprise) George Soros.
The U.S. never ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed by Bill Clinton, but our Senate did ratify the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. This UNFCCC created a committee charged with designing a Green Climate Fund, which was supposed to develop a plan to raise $100 billion a year, and get it approved at the UNFCCC meeting to be held in Durban, South Africa next month.
The Cancun Agreements, adopted at the U.N. Climate Talks in December 2010, established the Green Climate Fund. Cancun also set up a committee charged with making recommendations to the Durban conference.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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