UN using pollution fears to mask its agenda of power and corruption
by: Vicki Batts
Saturday, September 03, 2016
The new executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim, recently laid out key issues that are currently facing the international community. One of these issues includes the pollution crisis, which is having disastrous effects worldwide.
Solheim told reporters in Geneva that the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that upwards of 7 million people die each year because of pollution. That figure is nearly equal to estimates of annual cancer deaths.
This news, while unsettling, is not shocking. In 2013, UN officials stated that air pollution was killing more people than some of the world’s deadliest diseases. The Huffington Post reported that former director general of the UN Industrial Development, Kandeh Yumkella, told a conference in Oslo that, “Air pollution is causing more deaths than HIV or malaria combined.” At that time, Yumkella suggested that new UN energy goals should also include cutting the number of premature deaths caused by indoor and outdoor pollution in half by 2030. However, it would appear that the new guy is not quite so ambitious.
Solheim, a former Norwegian politician and diplomat, appears to be more concerned about creating partnerships with those whom he says could play a role in UNEP’s mission. In the true fashion of a politician, Solheim says that, “At the very minimum we will be ready to go into partnerships with companies who either behave well or are ready to change.” Then he goes on to describe a recent agreement that was made in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. A budding partnership is currently being discussed with Ethiopian Airlines, supposedly to help them increase their fuel efficiency.
One has to wonder: What kind of benefits is UNEP going to receive in return for “assisting” those they deem worthy of their “partnership?” Perhaps “ready to change” really means “ready to pay.”