UN Habitat III’s “new urban agenda” coming to you

With an enthusiastic call for “sustainable urban development,” the United Nations has adopted a far-reaching document intended as a blueprint for the future of cities around the world. Described by the UN as an “inclusive, action-oriented, and concise document,” the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA) was approved on Oct. 21, the final day of the UN’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

The NUA, the UN proclaims, “will guide the next twenty years of sustainable and transformative urban development worldwide.” “It is a vision,” the UN explains, “of pluralistic, sustainable, disaster-resilient societies that foster green economic growth.” The centerpiece of the NUA is the promotion of “compact cities,” in which people will have little choice but to live in densely populated, high-rise buildings in order to lower their impact on the environment.

According to UN figures, some 30,000 people attended Habitat III, 10,000 of whom were international visitors, representing 167 countries.

New Urban Agenda

In keeping with long-standing UN tradition, the Habitat III conference was convened to address a “crisis.” This one involves the problems facing cities. They are said to require “urgent action.” And who better than the United Nations, aided by a coterie of self-described “urban exports” and “stakeholders” could provide the top-down solutions that will make the world’s cities a better place to live in the decades to come? Among the commitments contained in the New Urban Agenda are:

Ensure environmental sustainability, by promoting clean energy and sustainable use of land and resources in urban development; by protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, including adopting healthy lifestyles in harmony with nature; by promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns; by building urban resilience, by reducing disaster risks; and by mitigating and adapting to climate change.

And:

Readdress the way we plan, finance, develop, govern, and manage cities and human settlements, recognizing sustainable urban and territorial development as essential to the achievement of sustainable development and prosperity for all.

Quito Implementation Plan

For all its grandiose pronouncements, the UN can’t force anybody to do anything. Knowing the UN lacks an enforcement mechanism that could compel cities and their residents to change their ways, numerous speakers at the conference emphasized the importance of converting the vision of the NUA into reality. To that end, delegates to Habitat III adopted the Quito Implementation Plan (QIP). “These voluntary commitments seek to be concrete actions, measurable and achievable, focused on implementation and with great depth of information for future accountability and transparency,” the UN says.

All of this may seem like little more than the typical blather served up by the chattering classes, whose members have far too much time on their hands. Unfortunately, the New Urban Agenda needs to be taken seriously thanks to a little-noticed rule being cooked up by Obama administration appointees at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Indeed, deep in the bowels of HUD, plans are underway that will make the pronouncements of Habitat III look like child’s play. As Stanley Kurtz of National Review Online has pointed out, HUD’s proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule is “arguably the most radical, transformative” initiative the Obama administration has ever undertaken. AFFH all but eliminates the independence of suburbs, towns, and small cities in the U.S. by forcing them to address supposed “imbalances” in the racial, ethnic, and class composition of their greater metropolitan areas. Under AFFH, suburbs that accept grant money from HUD will have to change their zoning codes and build high-density, low-income housing for groups HUD deems are “underrepresented.”

As NRO points out, “Suburbs may even be forced to relocate planned schools, transportation hubs, and business districts to answer to the federal bureaucracy’s ideas of racial, ethnic, and economic ‘balance.’” What’s more, unelected regional councils composed of HUD bureaucrats, housing advocates, and other “stakeholders” will oversee and enforce the scheme. Local elected officials and ordinary taxpayers will be shunted aside and will find themselves powerless in opposing the edicts of the feds and their henchmen.

AFFH is nothing short of federal zoning of America’s suburbs, with the goal of de facto annexation of those suburbs into central cities. When combined with the Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which creates an EPA-led regulatory structure for federal zoning of rural areas, AFFH will result in Washington calling the shots on housing and land-use decisions throughout the U.S.

The administrative regulatory state, which allows federal agencies to issue rules and regulations that have the force of law behind them, is far and away the biggest threat to personal liberty in the country. In the spirit of Habitat III, but with real power behind it, Washington’s crushing bureaucracy is poised to go where globalists at the UN and elsewhere could only dream of going.

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About the Author: Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

Bonner R. Cohen, Ph. D., is a senior policy analyst with CFACT.

  • Leo60

    How about ,NO. Fuck the UN .. It is the Enemy of America

  • disqus_tObYqppPWg

    The UN is a terrorist organization, with plans for depopulation and total control of humans allowed to survive. Only the ruling class will live decently. It is bad for every country!!

  • Frank W Brown

    Get the USA OUT of the UN or get MORE of this…

    A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots! AND TYRANTS AND BUREAUCRAPS!!!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but 
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or 
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a 
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not 
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that 
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from 
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty 
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but 
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make 
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
 run by idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a 
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman 
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head 
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but 
is run by idiots.

    If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions 
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his 
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class 
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more 
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with 
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
 cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses 
but is run by idiots.

    If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to 
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment 
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was 
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest 
big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a 
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government 
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a
 nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself 
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

    This was borrowed from another blog, authors unknown, please spread it far and wide!

    • Earn nest

      I have a photograph of me and my best friend standing by a metal “Get US out of the united nations!” sign. That was a half century ago and things are going well for them.

  • Brucer

    I can tell you it will end up looking like the projects low income units like the feds built for low income people in the 60s and it didn’t work, St Louis was turned into a slum and finally tore those units down after the feds spent probably in today’s dollars a billion dollars or more.

  • Redbird

    How about electing Trump who will defund the UN? The only reason these looney tunes can do ANYTHING is because US taxpayers are funding the majority of the UN requirements for existence.

  • Dano2

    CFACT clickbait to get eyeballs.

    the UN can’t force anybody to do anything. Knowing the UN lacks an enforcement mechanism that could compel cities

    Nobody is going to round up rural white Americans and force them to move to dense, compact cities that make it hard to drive in your freedom car or patriot pickup.

    Best,

    D

    • There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. And none so stupid as those who refuse to comprehend. The BLM moving on Cliven Bundy and seizing his cattle would have forced him off historically family occupied lands and into an urban environment and onto government subsidy to merely survive. As the Soviet Union once seized privately held farmlands and either imprisoned and enslaved the former occupants or moved them to Co-ops in the urban cities, if not simply murdering them, so too, would a United States of America, if it is allowed to continue with Democrat “leadership”.”Sustainable Community” is already a fact of life in Cambridge, Maryland, where the city adopted UN promulgated International regulation of privately owned real estate. If not in compliance with these draconian regulations, an owner can be “fined” out of ownership of their property. Book yourself, Dano2

      • Angela T.

        UN Policies are in place in Los Angeles, California. Rural towns are under seige and homeowners are forced to pay taxes on property they can’t use! Wake up, America is being run by the UN.

        • Dano2

          More hilarity. They comin to git ya!

          Best,

          D

      • Dano2

        Hilarious.

        Next up: bulldozin your 3BR ranch on 2 acres cuz you are inefficient. A 6th-floor apartment near public transit is your fate! Arm yourself!

        Best,

        D

        • Inefficient? By whose standards, Dodo2? International, un-elected bureaucrats who are not provided for in the US Constitution? Get a clue Dodo2. You are the joke here.

          • Dano2

            I’m putting you on the “bulldoze first” list. You will be moved to a downtown loft within walking distance of a bus stop and a Whole Foods, comrade, frequented by people speaking several languages and wearing clothes with bright colors.

            Best,

            D

            • Those who fail to learn and all that. I have a “First” list you are on too, Igno2.

              • Dano2

                Just for that you’ll be put in a loft that has rights for only one car, comrade. And your neighbor will be Pakistani with three children, da?

                Best,

                D

                • My deepest sympathies, Dildo2. But, that won’t get you off the list.

                  • Dano2

                    Smart take.

                    Best,

                    D

      • Brin Jenkins

        Dano is a rabid lefty who sees no problems the NWO can’t solve!

    • brew_it

      So you are against open borders and illegal immigration?

      Best,
      C

      • Dano2

        I’m for bulldozing your freedom home and hauling you off to the big city to live in an apartment and have to walk to the bus stop and stand with furriners dressed in funny clothes. Cuz I’m the UN.

        Best,

        D

        • brew_it

          So I take it you agree with this article.

          Best,
          C

          • Dano2

            Your freedom car and Patriot Rural Home are next on the list. You will be forcefully moved from your home because of a suggestion by the UN. It’s rigged.

            Best,

            D

            • brew_it

              I wish I could live in your bubble, must be nice!

              Best,
              C

              • Dano2

                It’s very efficient in the UN city of the future, where formerly rural patriots are mingling with all races and their freedom cars are repurposed into electric buses that all comrades willingly ride in.

                Best,

                D

                • Brin Jenkins

                  We seem to have regressed from Electric cars and green energy stored in your dream nu world fantasy, to raw Communist twaddle.

                  • jackschmidt

                    Dano 2 is a libtard nwo troll. Do NOT feed the trolls.

  • Ernie Jones
  • daveveselenak

    When these Godless, Satan worshipping power mad ghouls start living as they would like the rest of the sheeple to do then and only then will I take them seriously and until then GO GET FUK’D!

  • Pam Dunn

    30,000 Attended the UN Meeting?? BUT, BUT, BUT< WHAT about GLOBAL WARMING? HOW did they all gt to the meeting? WALK ??

  • don lavrich

    we need to get rid of the u.n. we have our own laws and constitution, we will not follow this one world agenda. I think the people are waking up to everything going on around us and are ready to take action against this garbage when the time comes. we need to round up these one worlders,put them in one area, maybe a fema camp, and let them live the way they want us to. they will not control us like cattle. the Lord is in control of everything, and we should follow His laws, and ways. these elites are not our God, but they sure are trying. satans time is short and he is doing everything to go against Gods creation and laws.

  • KLH6

    Since George Soros is behind the scenes in almost all chaos in the world. He’s the one pushing for a global society, the refugee mess, etc. He would be delighted to have all of us shoved in little cages. Meanwhile, I can’t seem to find out exactly how many residences he owns but I know he has two huge estates. I’m sick of the elite telling us what we have to do, live, etc. I think the American people are getting fed up, hence the popularity of Trump. Hillary is in .lock-step with Soros, where she gets much of her money. She doesn’t believe in borders. She’s a globalist, that’s why she never brings it up.

  • jameshrust

    This conference escaped the media due to events in the presidential race. People on the street never heard of this. This is keeping with the Obama Administration of ruling by fait, not by Congress. How many millions in U. S. tax dollars went to fund this madness? Fifty million?

    In Atlanta, GA where I live we are seeing a step in this direction by our Democrat Mayor Reed who follows President Obama’s teaching.

    Beware, this new living style is creeping up on us.

    • Dano2

      They comin ta git ya! They’re gonna bulldoze yer patriot house an’ take yer freedom car and make you ride the bus that runs just outsidea yer apartmint in th’ big city!

      Best,

      D

  • OCT 27, 2016 100% Renewable Energy? Here’s Why It’s Not Happening Anytime Soon

    Expression of concern says nothing directly about willingness to spend on carbon reduction or change lifestyle. For example, the average size of American houses continues to increase. Three-fourths of Americans drive to work alone, and electric and plug-in hybrid cars are currently less than 1% of U.S. auto and light truck sales. The strong correlation between subsidies and renewable energy spending indicates the pocketbook is more important than the environment.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/2016/10/27/100-renewable-energy-its-not-happening-anytime-soon/#27f563784a84

  • Dragonfly

    any New Yorker will get this right away – we need to move the UN about 100 yards to the east. (just look at a google map)

  • Dorothy R Brant

    why doesn’t the United States terminate it’s relationship with the UN and stop funding it with our hard-earned tax money, we the people demand it. How does one person, like me, help to get this done?