Two men. Two global organizations. One common theme. Barely 24-hours after former U.S. President Bill Clinton called on “governments, businesses, philanthropies and other prominent institutions” to back the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) because “the world’s on fire,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres dutifully echoed the declaration of impending doom.
The committed globalists made their grim warnings alongside appeals for money – lots of it – and a call for trust in their ability to safeguard our collective futures.
In speeches and remarks leading up to the start of the leaders’ meeting Tuesday at the U.N.’s New York headquarters, Guterres cited the “immense” task not only of saving the planet, “which is literally on fire,” but of dealing with the persisting coronavirus pandemic.
AP reports the veteran Portuguese socialist also lamented “a lack of access to finance for developing countries to recover — a crisis not seen in a generation” that has seen ground allegedly lost for education, health and women’s rights.
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called for the world to “urgently redistribute power” so as to end gender inequality which he said “should shame us all in the 21st century because it is not only unacceptable, it is stupid.” https://t.co/sPyAaYudUL
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 28, 2020
Guterres, a guest of Bill and Hillary Clinton as a speaker at a CGI meeting in 2010, will deliver his “state of the world” address at Tuesday’s opening of the annual high-level global gathering while issuing a call for further financial contributions from leading economies.
He will speak just one day after Clinton called on the world to back his CGI charity foundation as it reconvened Monday for the first time since 2016, as Breitbart News reported.
Clinton, president of the United States from 1993 to 2001, claims to be “amazed” by the massive response to the event resuming once more after the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The world’s on fire in a lot of different ways,” he told the Associated Press in an interview Monday. “But there are a lot of things that businesses, non-governmental groups and governments working together can do to help with a lot of these problems.”
A subset of the Clinton Foundation, the CGI “convenes global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according to its website.
It ended in 2016 as Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign.
The year before, donations plummeted by 37 percent amid allegations that Clinton used the charity to solicit millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments and corporations in exchange for giving these entities favorable treatment while she served as Secretary of State.
#ClintonCash Strikes Again! Big Donors Quit Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting http://t.co/mIT3oU05oG
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 3, 2015
Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer exposed one such deal—known as the Uranium One deal— and other transactions between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department in his book Clinton Cash.
That move prompted a flood of media coverage of the foundation’s dealings on both sides of the ideological spectrum.
Now the CGI is ready to go again and will convene between September 19 to September 21 in New York City.
FACT CHECK: Why did they perform an internal audit that scored the Foundation 4/10? https://t.co/soZZ1L70KC
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 20, 2016
Meanwhile across town the U.N. sits in session for the 77th General Assembly meeting of world leaders at the same time.
President Joe Biden of the United States, by tradition the second speaker on the first day, will instead speak on Wednesday after returning from the funeral in London of Queen Elizabeth II.