Open Letter 13/December/2016.
Firstly let me both congratulate, and commiserate with your on your appointment to perhaps one of the world’s most difficult and rewarding jobs.
I watched and listened to your acceptance speech with interest.
It contained (as with previous Secretary General speeches) high ethical aspirations for the World and the United Nations itself.
It however, avoided what I consider to be the two critical questions for the United Nations survival.
Funding and how to make the United Nations Relevant.
In order to achieve a Preventive rather than a Reactive United nations (which you did address in our speech ) the Veto of the Founding Six has to be abolished and replaced by a modern collective voting system for all its members.
In order to be able to respond to world inequalities, sustainability, wars, disasters relief, gender discrimination, and the like the UN must have financial clout rather than a begging hand.
The first in my opinion is the most pressing reform. The second can only be achieved by the capitalist world agreeing to place a world aid commission of let’s say 0.05% on all activities that are for generating profit for profit sake.
On all High Frequency Trading, on all Sovereign Wealth Funds Acquisitions, On all Foreign exchange transactions for argument sake over $100,000, on all Country Lotto’s. This would create a perpetual fund.
In passing you did mention that the technological connective world is creating bubbles of reality.
This is more dangerous that Climate change. Technology that is created for profit in the form of AI apps and all other forms of technological advance that are not for the benefit of all of us must be vetted by an Independent, and total transparent world organisation. An urgent new field for the UN.
I am fully aware that he likelihood of you ever reading this open letter are miniscule in the extreme, but perhaps that very connectivity that is causing world insecurity might with the help of one of its big players like Facebook or twitter might bring it to your attention.
In the meantime I wish the New Secretary General all the best and happy Xmas and new year.
The Beady Eye.