The United Nations is getting ready to launch a "Global Shocks" plan just ahead of the U.S.'s 2024 presidential election.
What's more, is that President Joe Biden is on board with the plan.
The ball will get rolling at the U.N.'s Summit of the Future, which will be held in September 2024.
Here's how the U.N. describe the summit:
The Summit of the Future is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reaffirm existing commitments including to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Charter, and move towards a reinvigorated multilateral system that is better positioned to positively impact people’s lives. Building on the SDG Summit in 2023, Member States will consider ways to lay the foundations for more effective global cooperation that can deal with today’s challenges as well as new threats in the future.
That last phrase - "new threats in the future" - is crucial.
At the summit, one of the things that will be addressed is how to handle "global shocks."
What is a "global shock"? The U.N. provides as examples, "the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and the triple planetary crisis, among others."
At the summit, participants will adopt a "Pact of the Future." And, part of this pact is establishing an "emergency platform" to deal with these "global shocks."
This platform has been outlined by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
What the platform would do is essentially centralize power in the U.N. Under the platform, the U.N. would be given the power to exercise authority over member states in the event of a "global shock."
The U.N. says that emergency platform would be triggered by such things as a "large-scale event," "future pandemics," "disruptions to global digital connectivity," a "major event in outer space," or "unforeseen risks."
Many have already come out in opposition to the platform, given what was witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic with iron-fisted government-imposed lockdowns and mandates. It appears that this emergency platform is of that ilk.
Nonetheless, the Biden administration is on board.
In a letter that U.S. Ambassador Chris Lu sent to the U.N. in March 2022, Lu writes:
That is why the United States supports the Secretary-General’s efforts to build a results-focused, fully integrated human resources management system, capable of anticipating and reacting to fast-paced global developments. The United States supports continuing efforts to empower the Organization’s managers to make operational decisions, while fostering a culture of accountability and agility, and we welcome the Secretary-General’s efforts to enhance UN talent management under the authorities bestowed to him.