What’s on the agenda for the UN conference?
After last week’s blog about atheism, which
followed a couple of weeks of what I like to call “Fun with Theology”, I told
my readers I’d try to write something light and cheery this week. Well, maybe I
could write a happy poem about the conglomeration of world leaders who will take
part in the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, which runs September 25-27.
Old Xi-Jinping and Vladimir
Might squabble on Agenda 21.
But Secretary Ban Ki-moon
Will peacefully implore until he's won.
Obama’s there to light the way
And offer every situation hope.
But if he fails to get it done
Hey, don’t forget they’ve also got the Pope!
Truth is, I’m not sure there’s anything light and cheery
about to happen at the UN. I’ve recently read a few articles on Agenda 21,
which was first proposed at the UN conference in Brazil in 1992. The “21”
refers to the 21st century. “Agenda” refers to changing the world
for the better. Of course, our world does need change. And who better to
formulate the process for bringing those changes than the UN? Right?
The articles I read and websites I visited purport
unprecedented vision for global sustainability. They also promote conspiracy
theories. Of course, other sites (mostly from the UN) suggest those theories
are easily debunked. Articles address everything from complete eradication of
land ownership to “spreading the wealth” until all countries are equally
impoverished. One article caught my attention because it tackled a subject I’ve
faced this year. The title: “Is the UN Using Bike Paths to Achieve World
I took note because I now have a bike path running through
the back of my property. I “donated” land for this. My neighbors and I fought
it on the county level. Not that I hate bike paths—I rather enjoy it being
there. But local government pulled out an obscure law from 1936 to help
themselves to our land. And that was not right. But UN involvement? The bike path
stretches on and so does the argument.
I didn’t read the entire 351 pages of the original Agenda 21, but I
did skim through it. Especially near the beginning, before I got drowsy. It’s
undergone changes since 1992. Here’s an interesting quote from a 1996 document:
“The realities of life on our planet dictate that
continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained…Sustainable
development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic
reform – a program that has yet to be fully defined.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
The version to be addressed at this year’s conference looks
into the near future. The update to Agenda 21 is titled “Transforming our
world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” These five objectives wrap
up the preamble and summarize the document’s intent:
The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next
fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their
forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their
potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation,
including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing
its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it
can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy
prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological
progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive
societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable
development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement
this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable
Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in
particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the
participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.2
A lot of determination. Not much allowance for debate, though
debate will most certainly occur during the next three days. Not all government
leaders are on board as objections are raised by both Republicans and
If you’ve read my blog, you know I see the world through
Bible glasses. So I couldn’t help but think this plan for a government-led
Utopia sounds good, but skews just enough from God’s plan to make it not only
undoable, but undesirable—kind of like what happens in my fiction. Does my
Christian worldview make me an enemy of the New World Order? I realize there’s not much I can say about any of this
without sounding like I want to keep poor people hungry and uneducated people
dumb. That’s not my intent. I just think somebody’s got a better plan to fix
this world. And I’m going to follow Him.
One more thing: Another topic will be addressed at the UN
conference, and it may fly without anyone paying much attention because
Sustainable Development is stealing the show. French leaders have proposed a
resolution creating a Palestinian state. The UN will vote on it—most likely
adopt it. And that might change the
1 “The Atlantic”; article by Andrew Cohen, Feb. 7, 2012
taken directly from the UN document:
our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
A lot of determination. Not much allowance for debate, though debate will most certainly occur during the next three days. Not all government leaders are on board as objections are raised by both Republicans and Democrats.