The United Nation's Commission on Sustainable Development has just elected Zimbabwe as its new chair. The Commission is responsible for overseeing key environmental and development agreements that were discussed at the UN's 1992 Rio Earth summit. The decision to promote Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe to this position has been widely condemned by Anglosphere and European nations plus human rights organisations.
It is not only a propaganda victory for Zimbabwe but another sad proof that the United Nations is not fit for purpose. The UN's continuing failure to address the situation in Darfur is another proof of the dishonesty of the post-Rwanda commitment to 'never again' allow genocide. Those commentators who disdain American ascendancy in world affairs normally nominate the United Nations as their preferred world leader. A regular theme of BritainAndAmerica will be the need for alternative bodies to the highly inadequate United Nations. We recently spotlighted John McCain's welcome idea of a League of Democracies.
John Howard's Australia would be a very deserving member of such a League. In a move certain to further undermine the Mugabe regime's standing amongst its people, Mr Howard has just ordered Australia's cricketers to cancel their planned tour of Zimbabwe. These words appear on the Australian Prime Minister's website this morning:
"Under the disastrous rule of the Mugabe regime, ordinary Zimbabweans have borne the brunt of famine and near-total economic collapse brought on by the regime's destructive and callous policies. President Mugabe has trashed Zimbabwean democracy, enriched himself and his cronies, subverted the rule of law and presided over the systematic and brutal oppression of that country's civil society and political opposition."
When words like that appear on the UN website - and are backed by serious actions - we may begin to believe that the UN is worthy of its founding principles.