A New Agenda

A New Agenda


Agenda 2030

Whatever has happened, will happen again; whatever has been done, will be done again. There is nothing new on earth.

— Ecclesiastes 1:9 (ISV)

Agenda 21 Redux

With all the time given to the pope’s visit to the United States and to the United Nations, scant attention is being paid to an old agenda being repackaged and foisted on the world community.

This new initiative is a reintroduction of the old Agenda 21. It is called Agenda 2030.

The representatives in the U.N. enthusiastically adopted Agenda 21 in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, but when it came time to carry out the plan, some of the signatory countries balked at the more onerous elements of the initiative.

Facing this opposition, the forces behind using the Agenda as a vehicle for world governance, hence world government, are trying a different tack and set up a new plan they are calling “The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.” The preamble to the plan is:

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The U.N. met several times to push both Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals.

Rio+5 – Also known as the Earth Summit was a special meeting held in New York in 1997, to appraise the status of Agenda 21 and show the progress of globalization. The participants came away from the meeting disappointed. They suggested that “through crisis new strength can be found for future action.” They also felt that due to the inactions of governments, progress on Agenda 21could be made by NGOs (non-governmental organizations.)

“This is an occasion when the non-governmental organizations should come to the rescue.”

— General Assembly President Razali Ismail

Therefore there was a rise of NGOs fanning out into local communities promoting “smart growth” and “sustainable growth” to advance Agenda 21 in ways national governments could not.

Then came Rio+10. This meeting was also called Earth Summit 2002 and included both government and non-governmental organizations. It also issued a status report on the progress of Agenda 21. It also issued several agreements including the Johannesburg Declaration as well as several other international agreements. Instead of new agreements between governments, Rio+10 was organized mostly around almost 300 “partnership initiatives” known as Type II private partnerships, as opposed to Type I Partnerships between nations. These were to be the key means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These agreements and the progress made on them are kept in a database of Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

In 2012, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the 180 attending members reaffirmed their commitment to Agenda 21 in their outcome document called “The Future We Want.” They also produced a political document designed to shape global environmental policy. A few key global leaders—mostly G–20 leaders and namely United States President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron—did not come to the conference and blamed their absence on the ongoing European sovereign-debt crisis. Their collective absence was seen as a reflection of their administrations’ failure to make sustainability issues a priority.

Seeing interest in Agenda 21 wane, global environmental activists repackaged the program and rebranded it Agenda 2030. The direction the United Nations is heading in this initiative is troubling. In his opening address to the General Debate of the 70th session of the United Nations, Mogens Lykketoft, used some very interesting phraseology:

With the Sustainable Development Goals, however, we acknowledge that eradication of poverty in all its forms is only possible with a much more complex transformation of the entire global economy, the environment and social structures.

Incredible and unsustainable inequality in income, wealth, access to resources and to quality education and health services must be overcome.

We acknowledge also that people in developed countries cannot continue to consume and produce in the manner they are used to.

Agenda 2030 and the Vatican

During his address to the United Nations, Pope Francis gave his support to the U.N. and its Agenda 2030 program:

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable ­Development at the World Summit which opens today is an important sign of hope. I am similarly confident that the Paris Conference on Climatic Change will secure fundamental and effective agreements.

However, the Vatican Curia must have read the fine print of Agenda 2030 after the pope’s address, because shortly after the pope’s speech, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, backed away from the “verbatim inclusion of the U.N. sustainable development goals and targets” in the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

Subgoal 5.6 under “Gender Equality” of Agenda 2030 ensures “universal access to sexual and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the 1994 Program of Action, which states that “prevention of unwanted pregnancies must always be given the highest priority…. In circumstances where abortion is not against the law, such abortion should be safe.”

However, in a Sept. 1 revision, the Archbishop Auza expressed “reservations,” about the document’s use of the terms “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” stating that “the Holy See does not consider abortion or access to abortion or abortifacients as a dimension of these terms.”

Hopefully, other countries and private organizations will also back away from this rebranded attempt at global government before it is too late.

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– FROM: KHouse.Org

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