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Sustainable development treaty in the making?

By Henry Lamb
web posted March 7, 2011

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Next year will be the 20th anniversary of UNCED (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) the largest collection of environmental zealots ever assembled.  For the celebration, the U.N. has again designated Rio de Janeiro to host the UNCSD (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development).

There is no way to count the dollars that have been wasted over the last 20 years by people attending thousands of U.N. meetings around the world, all designed to strengthen global governance and tighten the noose around the people who still believe in individual freedom and free-market capitalism.  The U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development is but one of many U.N. organizations and agencies that conduct multiple international meetings each year.   Last month, U.N. meetings on sustainable development alone, were occurring 22 of the 28 days somewhere in the world.  This U.N. Commission is responsible for implementing Agenda 21 across the entire planet.  They have been exceedingly successful.

For the past few years, this Commission has been conducting regional meetings every few months in preparation for the 2012 blowout in Rio.  This 20-year anniversary party is expected to produce an even larger crowd than the 1992 event, and, many U.N. watchers believe that it will produce a new treaty.

  This is not idle speculation.  Folks who dare read this U.N. mumbo-jumbo illustrated by A/RES/64/236 (PDF) from March 31, 2010 will quickly recognize the meaning of Article 20(b) which says: "The Conference will result in a focused political document;"

What is a "focused" political document?  To advocates of global governance this means a legally-binding U.N. treaty.  This effort has been underway since at least 1998 when a draft "Covenant on Environment and Development" was circulated by the United Nations Environment Program.  Just in case the advocates cannot generate sufficient support to get a treaty, or a covenant adopted at the 2012 shindig, they will be able to call the "focused political document" a plan of action, until they can build more support, and thus avoid the appearance of failure.

Skeptics who refuse to believe that sustainable development has anything to do with the U.N. should examine RIO2012, one of many official U.N. websites that promote sustainable development. 

The concept of sustainable development has permeated all the agencies of the federal government and is washing across the nation, infecting state and local governments.

Hear this: sustainable development has little to do with sustainability, but everything to do with government control of development.  After all, what is and is not sustainable is defined by government, and regulated by government.   Every new rule and regulation adopted in the name of sustainable development squeezes a little more freedom from every individual and a little more profit from every business.

Even a casual review of the U.N.'s sustainable development websites reveals that the scope of sustainable development embraces virtually every facet of life.  For years now, the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development has been constructing a Ten-year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production.   The goal of sustainable development is government control of both consumption and production, directed by the United Nations (See Chapter 4, Agenda 21).  Note how this goal corresponds with the U.N. Development Program's definition of global governance:

"…the framework of rules, institutions, and practices that set limits on behavior of individuals, organizations, and companies.  (U.N. Development Report, 1999, p. 34)

Not everyone has been caught up in the rush to sustainability.  A few organizations have been warning of the dangers of sustainable development for years.  Finally, people are beginning to listen.  Carroll County, Maryland has just closed its Sustainability Office and terminated its association with ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives).    ICLEI is an international non-government organization, created by the U.N.  It now has agreements with about 1200 cities around the world to help implement sustainable development.  About half of these cities are in the U.S.  

Freedom Advocates, Alliance for Citizens Rights, Freedom21American Policy Center, Sovereignty International are among the organizations that are providing speakers and materials to local organizations and elected officials in cities and towns who want to learn more about the dangers of sustainable development.

Carroll County, MD and Amador County, CA have terminated their contracts with ICLEI, thanks to local organizations providing information to newly elected commissioners.  Tea Party and 9.12 groups are joining the battle across Florida and throughout the nation. 

Progressive proponents of Agenda 21 and so-called sustainable development, are fighting this backlash with their usual "denigrate and ridicule the messenger" tactic.  When the facts are learned, however, those who honor the Constitution and individual freedom reject Agenda 21 and the sustainable development it prescribes.

There is no shortage of well-documented information on this subject.  The organizations listed above have excellent resources on their websites.  When this new treaty is advanced, it will be important to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible.  It will take an army of well-informed patriots to kill it.  Let's get prepared. ESR

Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance,"  Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.

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