February 20th, 2011 11:46 EST
Fathers of the '1-World Currency'
Plans to fund $2-3 trillion of special drawing rights
The International Monetary Fund has now joined the chorus of calls to utilize IMF Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, as an alternative to the dollar as the world`s reserve currency.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the IMF, told CNN Money there were some "technical hurdles" involved with using SDRs, but he`s confident replacing the dollar would help stabilize the global financial system.
In addition to functioning as the world`s reserve currency, SDRs could reduce the dependence of central banks on holding U.S. Treasury debt as a key part of their asset portfolios.
CNN Money reported there was consensus at a recent IMF meeting in Washington that IMF members should agree to create $2 trillion of SDRs over the next few years.
U.N. calls for 1-world currency
In July 2010, the United Nations released a report for the replacement of the dollar as the standard for holding foreign-exchange reserves in international trade with a new one-world currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.
The 176-page report, titled "United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2010," was issued at a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council and published in its entirety on the U.N. website.
"The risk of exchange-rate instability and a hard landing of the dollar could be reduced by having a global payments and reserve system which is less dependent on one single national currency," the report noted.
The solution the U.N. report recommended was expanding Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, at the International Monetary System, with the goal of replacing the dollar as the accepted international standard for holding foreign-exchange reserves.
"A new global reserve system could be created, one that no longer relies on the United States dollar as the single major reserve currency," the U.N. report said.
By placing this statement in print, the United Nations has formally gotten behind a plan that was first advanced by Robert Mundell, the creator of the euro, and later funded through the G-20 by the Obama administration, even though the plan to advance IMF SDRs ultimately means the death of the dollar as the world`s standard for international trade.
Let`s quickly review the background and the history of the issue.
What are IMF Special Drawing Rights?
SDRs are international reserve assets that are calculated by the IMF in a basket of major currencies that are allocated to the IMF 185 member nation-states in relation to the capital, largely in gold or widely accepted foreign currencies that the IMF member nation-states have on deposit with the IMF.
As Red Alert previously reported, the proposal originally advanced by China and Russia would issue SDRs to central banks of IMF member states far in excess of any gold or currency reserves the member states have on deposit with the IMF.
The idea is to utilize the little-understood and largely-ignored SDRs in a new capacity, as a sort of an international overdraft facility made available to bankrupt of financially failing IMF member nation-states, originated with Ted Turner, formerly a senior official at both the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury.
The IMF created SDRs in 1969 to support the Bretton Woods fixed exchange-rate system.
"The international supply of two key reserve assets - gold and the U.S. dollar - proved inadequate for supporting the expansion of world trade and financial development that was taking place," a document on the IMF website explains. "Therefore, the international community decided to create a new international reserve asset under the auspices of the IMF."
When the Bretton Woods fixed-rate system collapsed, major world currencies, including the dollar, shifted to a floating exchange-rate system where the price of the dollar and other major world currencies was created by trading on international currency exchanges.
Until the current global economic crisis, SDRs issued by the IMF have been used by IMF member nation states primarily as a reserve account to support international trade transactions, not as an alternative international currency available to settle international debt transactions in danger of default.
Fathers of the `1-world currency`
WND has previously reported that strong support for the idea of a one-world currency has come from Canadian economist and Nobel-prize winner professor Robert Mundell, an influential proponent who is credited with having formulated the intellectual basis for creating the euro.
Mundell, currently an adviser to China, was the originator of the suggestion that the IMF should utilize SDRs to replace the dollar as a new world standard for holding foreign-exchange reserves in international trade transactions.
WND has also reported that Benn Steil, a senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council of Foreign Relations, wrote in the May/June 2007 issue of the Council of Foreign Relations` Foreign Affairs magazine an article titled, "The End of National Currency," in which his major conclusion was that "countries should abandon monetary nationalism."
Steil tempered his embrace of one-world currency, writing, "Governments should replace national currencies with the dollar or the euro or, in the case of Asia, collaborate to produce a new multinational currency over a comparably large and economically diversified area."
G20 meeting in London supported 1-world-currency
Red Alert also reported that the G20 summit meeting in London last April took an important step to create a new one-world currency through the International Monetary Fund that is designed to replace the dollar as the world`s foreign-exchange reserve currency of choice.
Appearing on the Fox News` "The Sean Hannity Show," political consultant Dick Morris and Hannity agreed the decision by the G20 proved the "conspiracy theorists were right," and there is now clear evidence of a plan to create a one-world currency.
Point 19 of the final communiqu from the G20 summit in London on April 2, 2009, specified that, "We have agreed to support a general SDR which will inject $250 billion into the world economy and increase global liquidity," taking the first steps forward to implement China`s proposal that Special Drawing Rights at the International Monetary Fund should be created as a foreign-exchange currency to replace the dollar.
"I think the dollar is now under question," billionaire investor George Soros told CNBC, commenting that the goal was to create an IMF rather than the dollar to use in international trade.
Red Alert has also reported that the United Nations has supported the IMF plan, to utilize SDRs as an alternative to the dollar to settle international trade transactions.
Red Alert believes the world is witnessing the death of the dollar under the Obama administration.
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