Agenda 21

UN definition

“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up …. Read more

The origin of this document goes back to the 1970’s initially and then the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, when President Bush signed on. Here are the countries that signed including NZ.  The following year President Clinton took office and created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to implement Agenda 21  in the United States. Here is an excerpt from George Bush Snr’s speech at that Earth Summit:

The United States fully intends to be the world’s preeminent leader in protecting the global environment. We have been that for many years. We will remain so. We believe that environment and development, the two subjects of this Conference, can and should go hand in hand. A growing economy creates the resources necessary for environmental protection, and environmental protection makes growth sustainable over the long term. I think that recognition of that fact by leaders from around the world is the central accomplishment of this important Rio Conference.

This is all fine sounding rhetoric from a nation that among other things has spawned genetically modified food and Roundup, the most toxic herbicide on the planet, that refuses to let us choose for ourselves if we want to consume GE food, that dumps its banned toxic chemicals on poor and vulnerable nations and sprays the planet relentlessly with toxic chemicals … I could go on but all of  this alone is sufficient cause for me to hear warning bells. The call for environmental protection through economic growth is also a farce, given for instance the Gulf of Mexico oil spill courtesy of BP … these limited liability corporations have morphed into giant behemoths that enjoy virtually guaranteed immunity under a body of corporate law built up over more than a century. The current state of global pollution can be traced ultimately I believe, to the fact that corporations have ensured in their fine print that largely, they don’t have to clean up after themselves … they leave that to everybody else. They owe their first allegiance, not to the public, but to their own shareholders, and because their number one mandate is to maximize profits and given the way corporations have written in their fine print the means by which to escape liability for damage to both peoples and the environment. Now how do these fit in with sustainable development? Their practices are largely unsustainable.

Comprised of federal agencies, corporations, and non-profit groups, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development moved quickly after the Summit  to ensure that all federal agencies would change their policies to comply with it.

Member Nations

A non-governmental organization called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives,  ICLEI, is tasked with carrying out the goals of Agenda 21 worldwide. This plan though is not generally know by the name Agenda 21, rather it is  known as the Sustainable Development plan. It is a  global plan and is implemented locally through our Councils, including some NZ Councils. New Zealand was represented at the original ’92 Summit and signed on along with all of the other nations present. The catch words nevertheless are, ‘Sustainable Development’ and these are referred to regularly in the rhetoric, documents and plans of the Regional Councils including the Rangitikei. The NZ Councils so far that are ICLEI councils are Auckland, Dunedin, Kapiti and Palmerston North.


NZ’s ICLEI Policy


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Agenda 21 is, according to Rosa Koire a UN …

…  action plan implemented worldwide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all energy, all education, all information, and all human beings in the world

She writes … “Have you wondered where these terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘smart growth’ and ‘high density urban mixed use development’ came from?  Doesn’t it seem like about 10 years ago you’d never heard of them and now everything seems to include these concepts?  Is that just a coincidence?  That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with…what? …

In a nutshell, the plan calls for governments to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision making in the hands of private property owners.  It is assumed that people are not good stewards of their land and the government will do a better job if they are in control.  Individual rights in general are to give way to the needs of communities as determined by the governing body.  Moreover, people should be rounded up off the land and packed into human settlements, or islands of human habitation, close to employment centers and transportation.  Another program, called the Wildlands Project spells out how most of the land is to be set aside for non-humans.

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Rosa wrote ‘Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21’, a book that exposes the true agenda of the Sustainable Development movement if you like. Sustainable development as a concept, a plan, an aspiration, is definitely a good thing, there’s no doubt about that, however those who initiated this agenda, have in mind something very different, and something not all of its proponents are aware of. There are other folks who have discovered this agenda and are also speaking up about it. See links further down.

Here is a lecture by Rosa that explains the agenda very comprehensively. Rosa works in property valuation in the United States. From this experience she has gained a keen insight into what is going down with this green agenda, aptly highlighted in her choice of book title.

Another person who speaks out about the real agenda of Agenda 21 is Anne Bressington, former Australian politician.



[Ann Bressington]
— “Australia and myself are hearing on a regular basis about the pressure that our farmers and food producers are under. But let me just make the point that these policies come from a far away place. And you’re going to have to bear with me know for a few minutes while I read my speech…”  Read more

See, I have warned you beforehand

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