The UN is pushing hard for agreements with nations to extend immunity from prosecution to their global warming piggy bank.
Why do they need this?
These sorts of rear guard actions lend credence tot he suspicion that there is some sort of misfeasance going on already and they are trying to head off prosecutions.
The Green Climate Fund, (GCF) a United Nations-affiliated piggy-bankÂ intended to finance climate change projects around the world, is determined to win sweeping U.N.-style immunities from prosecutions for its global operations–even thoughÂ the U.S., its biggest contributor, opposes the idea, and the U.N. itself says its own diplomatic immunities canât cover the outfit.
The immunities issue could well spark even deeper opposition from Republican lawmakers in next yearâs Congress to the Obama Administrationâs aggressive climate change policies–which include a recent $3 billion pledge to the Fund.
âWe would definitely be opposed to any extension of immunity to the Fund,â said a senior aide to Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who will chair the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works starting in January.
âWhat do they need protection from?â he asked. âIn essence, they are doing business development projects. If you look at the way millions of people do transactions across national borders, they do it without immunity and very successfully.â
Apparently undeterred, fund officials told Fox News that they are now trying to hammer out âbilateral agreement templatesâ that could be laboriously negotiated with each country where it operatesâa total that could eventually reach the great majority ofÂ the U.N.âs 193 members.
The Fund has already negotiated one agreement of immunityâwith its new host country, South Korea, as a condition of moving its headquarters there last year. Â Read more »