The Real Impact of the UN’s Millennium Summit

By Tom DeWeese

Don’t believe that your world will noticeably change on September 10th, the day after the UN’s Millennium Assembly. The UN will not take a vote and suddenly spring a global government on the world. That’s because the UN doesn’t work that way. Overt action displeases the high-order thinking skills of UN diplomats. Hiding in endless meetings, under mounds of paperwork, organizing yet another commission for debate is much more pleasing to their fragile sensitivities.

Trying to get a handle on real action by the UN is like trying to hold mercury in your hand. UN leaders are masters of double-speak, able to bury the good stuff beneath an avalanche of meaningless, feel-good assemblies of words like “Freedom from Fear” and “Sustaining our Future”. These are actual titles of sections of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s official report to the UN Millennium Summit. Would you immediately translate “Freedom from Fear” to mean global gun control? Would you understand that “Sustaining our Future” is a blueprint for complete UN control of all of the earth’s resources and property, including your back yard? UN advocates would consider me crude for putting such a harsh spin on these ideas, but I challenge them to come to a different conclusion in a debate where straight English could be spoken.

So, no, there will not be an outright vote on the Charter for Global Democracy. That way there can be no news release, no headlines, nothing to jar unaware Americans to action. But something very significant will come out of the Millennium Summit that will change your life as well as pose a threat to the sovereignty and independence of our nation.

Ideas expressed in the Charter, including an international criminal court, UN standing army, UN taxes and a drastic change in the structure of the UN Security Council will all be incorporated into the official report of the NGO Forum for presentation to the Millennium Assembly and Summit. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will present them in his report to the Assembly. Individual plans for the separate items, like the criminal court and global taxes, will be presented in specific reports focusing on just that one issue. All will be presented as suggestions or ideas to be considered. Each “suggestion” will be accompanied with speeches and impassioned pleas for the need and merits of the ideas.

Finally, all of the “suggestions” will be put in a final resolution or “Declaration” to be signed by the heads of state. The Declaration will be short on details but will represent a statement of general objectives. The signatures by the heads of state will give the appearance of consensus by the world leaders. That consensus will then be interpreted by the UN as authorization from member UN nations to move forward.

The next step will be to create a new series of commissions for the purpose of implementing the “ideas of the Declaration.” Changes will not be immediate. The commissions and reports may take years to complete.

Opponents to UN global governance should not take this lack of public activity as a sign that nothing is happening, or that the Millennium Assembly was much ado about nothing. That would be a mistake the UN is hoping opponents will make.

The real impact of the UN’s Millennium Summit is that for the first time the radical ideas that have been channeled through the NGO’s and endless commissions, have now been officially transformed into policy that the UN takes as authorization to pursue. Now, after a few more commissions and a gaggle of meetings and reports the UN will slowly emerge as the dominant force of global governance.

Now, for UN opponents – the real battle begins.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods ( He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.