UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 ( – One of the goals for the upcoming Millennium Summit at the United Nations (Sept. 6-8) is to have many countries ratify at least several of the more prominent treaties in a conference pack of 25 treaties. One hundred and fifty nine heads of state are expected to show up for the summit. So far, “69 countries have informed The United Nations of their intention to sign, accede to, or deposit instruments of ratification of treaties deposited with the Secretary-General,” reported the U.N. Friday.

“At least 35 governments have indicated their intention to sign the two recently concluded Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child relating to child prostitution and children in armed conflict. Other instruments on which action will be taken by several States include the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women [CEDAW], the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, and the Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

UN News also reported today that Secretary General Kofi Annan has pledged “to provide non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with greater access to the world body.” Influence by these private organizations has already grown substantially in the last several years. UN treaties are Increasingly being influenced by NGO demands and manipulations. Some governments, such as Canada, have been funding and using NGO’s to lobby for policies that would be unacceptable to the Canadian public and elected legislatures. Indicating Annan’s desire for a substantial downgrading of the role of national governments, UN News reports that “The Secretary-General said networks bringing together governments, civil society and the private sector “are the most promising partnerships of our globalizing age.”

One explanation of this concept of the new “partnerships” extolled by UN leaders is given by businesswoman Joan Veon. She sees much of what is happening to the UN as a “business arrangement.” Veon states “The private partners are business, multinational, transnational corporations—as well as nongovernmental organizations, these minions of a different philosophy other than the Constitution who are all funded by the foundations of the multinational, transnational corporations. So, what is a public-private partnership? It is the shifting of government responsibility and government services into a partnership with other parties—primarily those who have deep pockets—because your county, local and state governments are all bankrupt.”

See the complete intriguing interview with Veon in the article “The UNs shocking millenium agenda” at

The UN News reports referred to above are at and


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