The United Nation’s Agenda 21 plan has vastly affected the world since its introduction in 1992.
According to the UN’s official website, Agenda 21 is “a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations Systems, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
Agenda 21 is a very lengthy document, but a look at its table of contents reveals much about its intent.
Chapter 1, the Preamble, describes the deplorable condition of the world, but that through globalism and a “substantial flow of new and additional financial resources to developing countries”, the world’s problems can be solved.
The rest of the chapters are divided into four sections.
Section I is “Social and Economic Dimensions”. It includes the following Chapters:
Chapter 2 – International cooperation to accelerate sustainable development in developing countries and related domestic policies.
Chapter 3 – Combating poverty.
Chapter 4 – Changing consumption patterns.
Chapter 5 – Demographic dynamics and sustainability.
Chapter 6 – Protecting and promoting human health conditions.
Chapter 7 – Promoting sustainable human settlement.
Chapter 8 – Integrating environment and development in decision-making.
Section II is “Conservation and Management of Resources for Development”. It contains these chapters:
Chapter 9 – Protection of the atmosphere.
Chapter 10 – Integrated approach to the planning and management of land resources.
Chapter 11 – Combating deforestation.
Chapter 12 – Managing fragile ecosystems: combating desertification and drought.
Chapter 13 – Managing fragile ecosystems: sustainable mountain development.
Chapter 14 – Promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development.
Chapter 15 – Conservation of biological diversity.
Chapter 16 – Environmentally sound management of biotechnology.
Chapter 17 – Protection of the oceans, all kinds of seas, including enclosed and semi-enclosed seas, and coastal areas and the protection, rational use and development of their living resources.
Chapter 18 – Protection of the quality and supply of freshwater resources: application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources.
Chapter 19 – Environmentally sound management of toxic chemicals, including prevention of illegal international traffic in toxic and dangerous products.
Chapter 20 – Environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes.
Chapter 21 – Environmentally sound management of solid wastes and sewage-related issues.
Chapter 22 – Safe and environmentally sound management of radioactive wastes.
Section III is “Strengthening the Role of Major Groups”, with these chapters:
Chapter 24 (23 is another preamble) – Global action for women towards sustainable and equitable development.
Chapter 25 – Children and youth in sustainable development.
Chapter 26 – Recognizing and strengthening the role of indigenous people and their communities.
Chapter 27 – Strengthening the role of non-governmental organizations: partners for sustainable development.
Chapter 28 – Local authorities initiatives in support of Agenda 21.
Chapter 29 – Strengthening the role of workers and their trade unions.
Chapter 30 – Strengthening the role of business and community.
Chapter 31 – Scientific and technological community.
Chapter 32 – Strengthening the roles of farmers.
Section IV is “Means of Implementation”, containing chapters having to do with financing, transfer of technology, science for sustainable development, promoting education, public awareness and national and international arrangements.
In looking back over the past seven years since this article was written, more people are becoming aware of the reality of Agenda 21 and seeing evidence in city planning of its implementation.
Despite its positive aspirations, Agenda 21 is incompatible with freedom as we know it here in America, and it must be exposed and defeated if the world will ever achieve peace and prosperity.
Randy W. Bright, AIA, NCARB, is an architect who specializes in church and church-related projects. You may contact him at 918-664-7957, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.churcharchitect.net.
©2005 Randy W. Bright
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