The UN and the San Francisco 49ers

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.