Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their
mouths and revealing their ignorance. Henry Lamb explains why.
California Representative Wally Herger offered an article on Agenda 21
which, unfortunately, reflects a lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 –
shared by far too many elected officials. In the first instance, he
said that Agenda 21 is a document developed at a U.N. Conference in
Agenda 21 was developed over a period of time, traceable from the
1972 U.N. Conference on the Environment, which identified “environmental
protection” as the world’s greatest problem, and gave the world the
U.N. Environmental Programme, followed almost immediately by Nixon’s
Executive Order that created the EPA.
Then came the 1976 U.N. Conference on Human Settlements, signed by the U.S., which proclaimed that “Public control of land use is…indispensible.”
The next major step was the creation of the U.N. World Commission on
Environment and Development in 1983, chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland.
The commission issued its final report in 1987, called Our Common Future.
This document produced the concept and defined the term “Sustainable
Development” to be: “Development that meets the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
This rather ambiguous definition was spelled out in great detail in a
40-chapter, 300-page document titled Agenda 21, signed and adopted by
179 nations in 1992 (not 1993) at the U.N. Conference on Environment and
Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Herger goes on to say:
“While this document was agreed to by the United Nations, the United
States is a party to the agreement only by our membership in the U.N.
For the agreement to become legally binding, it would require submission
to the U.S. Senate for ratification by the President. This has not
occurred. Again, ‘Agenda 21’ is not legally binding on the United
Actually, the document was adopted by 179 nations, including the
signature of George H.W. Bush. A nation’s signature on a U.N. document
obligates the nation to do nothing in opposition to the goals of the
document, and to promote implementation of the document’s
recommendations. Agenda 21 is not a treaty subject to Senate
ratification. It was never intended to be a treaty. (Bill Clinton
signed the Kyoto Protocol. Because his signature obligated the U.S.,
George W. Bush took the unusual action to have the U.S. signature
removed from the document.) At the same conference, however, two
treaties were adopted by the U.N.: The framework Convention on Climate
Change, signed by Bush and ratified by the Senate; and the Convention on
Biological Diversity, not signed by Bush, signed by Clinton, but not ratified by the Senate.
Nothing in Agenda 21 is legally binding on any government until a
government – at any level – adopts an Agenda 21 recommendation as a law
or ordinance, or as an Executive Order such as EO 12852 issued by
President Bill Clinton in 1993 in response to Agenda 21 recommendation
“Governments, in cooperation, where appropriate, with international
organizations, should adopt a national strategy for sustainable
Bill Clinton’s EO created the “President’s Council on Sustainable
Development” expressly for the purpose of implementing the
recommendations in Agenda 21 throughout federal, state, and local
governments. The EPA and other federal agencies offered challenge
grants to state and local government to promote the implementation of
the recommendations in Agenda 21. The federal government gave more than
$5 million to the American Planning Association to produce “Growing Smart: Legislative Guidebook,”
which provides model legislation for states that, when adopted,
requires counties and cities to adopt recommendations found in Agenda
Herger says further: “There are innumerable reasons to be concerned
about the United Nations, but I don’t believe the toothless “Agenda 21″
is one of them.”
Sadly, Herger’s lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 is shared by most
elected officials. The recommendations in Agenda 21 are presented as
Smart Growth, Sustainable Communities, Greenways, and a host of similar
buzz words. Agenda 21 is toothless until a local government
incorporates Agenda 21 recommendations into their comprehensive land use
plans. Then the recommendations have the force of law.
A U.N. accredited non-government organization called ICLEI
(International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) exists at
the behest of the U.N.
for the purpose of helping local governments implement the
recommendations in Agenda 21. ICLEI has contracts with more than 600
U.S. cities and counties and is working diligently to spread its gospel
Rep Herger, and all elected officials, should learn more about Agenda
21 and its effect on communities where it has been implemented. People
in Los Angeles County are being removed
(17:35) from their own private property for non-compliance with Agenda
21 recommendations included in recently adopted building codes. People
are being forced to live where they do not want to live because of Urban
Boundary Zones, and arbitrary and, unreasonable acreage requirements
for a single dwelling. The free videos available here
are a great place for elected officials, and everyone else, to begin
their education on Agenda 21 and sustainable development. This same
site offers a wealth of detailed, well-documented information on Agenda
21, its source, history, and effect.
Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their mouths and revealing their ignorance.
Originally published at The Moral Liberal by Contributing Editor, Henry Lamb, who is also the author of “The Rise of Global Governance,” Chairman of Sovereignty International, and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.Did you like this article? Be sure to share it with your friends, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and subscribe to our RSS feed to stay up to date on problems with Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.
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