What is OECD?
The Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (“OEEC”) was established in 1948 to run the US-financed Marshall Plan – an extremely effective Cold War tactic. According to a 2019 article by Eric Zuesse:
The Marshall Plan wasn’t merely “an attempt to weaken Soviet interest in their satellite states” but was instead an actual lure, to draw into “leaving the Soviet sphere of influence,” the nations “that were politically and economically aligned to the Soviet Union.”
This wasn’t really about “Soviet interest in their satellite states” but instead it was about the US regime’s policy, immediately after WW II, to take over not merely the nations that the US had helped in Europe to defeat Hitler, but also the nations that the Soviet Union had helped to defeat Hitler. It was, in short, a US grab, to control territory within the lands that the Soviet Union had saved from Nazism.
How the US Created the Cold War, Strategic Culture Foundation, 29 May 2019
OEEC’s founding European member states were joined by Canada and the United States and signed the OECD Convention on 14 December 1960. That convention entered into force on 30 September 1961, when the OECD was officially born. The Paris-based OECD now has 38 member countries that account for 80% of world trade and investment.
A list of the 38 countries that have signed up for the OECD Convention can be found HERE. These countries are referred to as “members.” The Convention binds its members, unless otherwise stated, to decisions made by OECD.
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa are OECD key partners. Additionally, through its standards, programmes and initiatives, OECD “helps drive and anchor reform in more than 100 countries around the world.”
A Council composed of 39 ambassadors, one from each of the member countries and one from the European Commission, and headed by the Secretary-General provides oversight and the strategic direction of the OECD. The OECD UK ambassador is Natacha Alexander, former advisor to Tony Blair on the UN’s Quartet.
The OECD Secretary-General is Mathias Cormann, born and raised in Belgium and former Australian Minister for Finance, the Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate and Federal Senator for Western Australia. Cormann has done an about-turn on carbon taxes since joining the OECD. As Australian broadcaster ABC News noted, Cormann, who once declared carbon taxes a “very expensive hoax”, is using his role as the head of the OECD to encourage countries to adopt more “stringent” carbon prices.
Considering the OECD supports the United Nations in ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – as evidenced by the OECD’s 12-page document Better Policies for 2030: an OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals published in 2016 – it should come as no surprise that one of Cormann’s top five priorities has become “climate action to help secure global net-zero by 2050.”
Below are a couple of examples of how the OECD has influenced policies that have affected our lives.
On 24 October 1999, the One World Trust  launched ‘Charter 99: A Charter for Global Democracy’. This document was published as an open letter to be presented to the United Nations’ Millennium Assembly and Summit on the future of the world. It stated:
In many ways we now have world government. It is not to be found at the United Nations. Rather, the UN has been sidelined, while the real business of world government is done elsewhere. Global policies are discussed and decided behind closed doors by exclusive groups, such as the G8, OECD, the Bank of International Settlements, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation and others. These agencies are reinforced by informal networks of high officials and powerful alliances. Together they have created what can be seen as dominant and exclusive institutions of world government. [emphasis our own.]
Charter 99: A Charter for Global Democracy, One World Trust
Read more: Traitors in the House, UK Column, 8 November 2010
In 2013, David Cameron had plans. They weren’t his plans but his job was to make them happen. And the G8 conference in Northern Ireland which began on 15 June 2013 is where he had to do it.
The plan was a new global tax regime. Rather than simply making it a requirement for international corporations to pay an appropriate amount of tax in the country should they do business there, it was felt it was much better to create some great new globalised tax regime. So, Cameron wrote to the leaders of British offshore tax havens asking that they “get their houses in order” before the G8 summit.
Cameron’s letter goes on to argue that a key part of the new tax regime will be information exchange. He asked all the tax havens to “commit” to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, originally developed by the Council of Europe and the OECD.
Read more: Behind the Corporation Tax Scandal, UK Column, 21 May 2013
What is the EPR?
OECD’s definition of EPR identifies two specific features: the shifting of responsibility for disposal “upstream” from municipalities to producers and encouragement through incentives to make the design of products more environmentally friendly. In other words, it is designed to shift the economic burden of the cost of disposal from the government to the producer of the product. In reality, as we are seeing with the UK government’s scheme, it shifts the economic burden onto the consumer – that’s you and me.