collective securityI’m in San Francisco at the moment—back to where it all began, you might say–and saw this headline in the San Francisco Examiner:  “United Nations Could Help Replace 49ers.”

Now, for readers not familiar with American sports,  ’49ers’ refers to the San Francisco-based (American) football team, which were a dominant force in the late 1980s and 1990s.   Contra the headline, Ban Ki Moon will not replace Joe Montana. Rather, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that a site once thought to be reserved for a new football stadium will now go to a new United Nations Global Compact center to study global warming.  The San Francisco Chronicle says:

“The 80,000-square-foot United Nations Global Compact Center will include office space for academics and scientists, an incubator to foster green tech start-ups, and a conference center.”

A very nice get for the city that gave birth to the UN. 

Image of San Francisco 49ers engaging in a form of collective security, from Flikr user ravencrest.

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