Bonn Press release: UN Agenda 21 frustrated by property rights advocates

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Property rights vs. UN Agenda 21

ICLEI attendees dismayed over growing grassroots opposition

 

(Bonn) For years Green campaigners have been quietly waging an effective campaign to advance the more radical aspects of the UN’s Agenda 21 at the local government level, but the stealth phase of their effort appears to be over.

Delegates gathered for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) in Bonn, Germany, are expressing anxiety over the effectiveness of free market and property rights groups like CFACT and the Tea Party in calling attention to their activities. By sounding the alarm at city planning meetings, in the media, the internet and at grassroots rallies, property rights activists are successfully hampering ICLEI’s UN Agenda 21 program for local government and, as CFACT staff has learned, these challenges have them worried.

CFACT attended a reception for ICLEI hosted by the city of Bonn at the Bonn Art Museum, where ICLEI members shared with CFACT staff their frustration with conservative legislators, free market and Tea Party activists, and even Glenn Beck. Michael Schmitz, Executive Director of ICLEI USA, admitted to CFACT staff members that while the council has been able to get “roughly 450 communities” in America to join ICLEI, they are predominantly in liberal states. In more conservative states where the Tea Party is active, he confessed and lamented their inability to implement UN sustainable development programs.

ICLEI was formed in 1990 for the purpose of promoting the UN’s vision of “sustainable development” as embodied in a document called Agenda 21. It now counts more than 1200 cities in its membership, the vast majority of whom use taxpayer money to pay membership dues to participate. The ICLEI conference in Bonn was coordinated with a meeting of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, as well as the UN’s Climate Change Conference next week, also in Bonn.

ICLEI members from other countries also expressed their frustration with the growing opposition. Beth McLachlan, Senior Sustainability Officer for the City of Melbourne, Australia, and former employee at the Australian EPA, said that critics of climate change policies, headed by Tony Abbott, appear to be headed for electoral victory in her country. The political shift away from Julia Gillard’s global warming policies is why she left the Australian EPA, she confided. If the climate realists succeed on the national stage, she sees her mission as “carrying on the fight” at the local level. “This reveals the persistence and determination of ICLEI,” said CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker, “to use unelected, local government bureaucrats to implement the most radical and unpopular aspects UN Agenda 21 policies regardless of the political winds.”

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  • jameshrust

    Good news from Bonn on ICLEI. Let’s hope the same for the UN meeting.

  • Eckenhuijsen Smit

    Hurrah for CFACT’s opposition to all those lying AGW CO2 alarmists!

  • Pyeatte

    The UN and their Agenda 21 human freedom disaster program can shove-it. These efforts must be fought in every community where Agenda 21 advocates are pushing it. What is it about the UN and the far-left that embraces totalitarian dictatorship and the crushing of the human spirit?

  • Morry

    ICLEI actually stands for “Inhuman Climate Liars for the Extermination of Individualism.”

  • Martin Clark

    Easy enough to find out if your local council is a member of ICLEI.
    Search iclei.org, or conversely your local council’s website for “iclei”.
    Some “members” are deep in, others are a lot more circumspect, perhaps only involved in the (admittedly few) “initiatives” that actually make sense.
    Nothing wrong with urban-quarter alfresco-diners doing a bit of urban farming. They might gain some respect for those who actually produce the food they eat.
    Be wary of some of the “resilience” initiatives. This is a re-badging of the term “sustainability” that used to make sense but has been destroyed by the UN-sponsored AGW Creed. The test is whether the “resilience” promoters actually talk to the people like engineers, building designers etc who have been promoting resilience for decades.

  • ron44

    I have been posting this on fb and twitter warning people of whats to come,