On Friday 25th September 2015, Pope Francis will attend the United Nations in New York to deliver the opening address of a conference on ‘The 2030 Agenda’, something which has been given very little publicity either here or in the US.
So, what is the 2030 Agenda, which is also known as Agenda 30 and whose goals are intended to be enforced by 2030?
It will build on the Agenda 21 (which stands for the 21st Century) which, after various international discussions since 1982, was finally voted on and agreed by 178 governments at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) held at Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Since then there have been a couple of summits to amend the same agenda which were held in 2012 both in Rio (Rio+10) and Johannesburg, and there was a World Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in 2012 (Rio+20).
So, what is ‘Sustainable Development’ which was the whole reason for this Agenda 21?
It began with the ideas on how to properly maintain forests and woodland that were developed in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. Agenda 21 was extended to how to ‘sustain’ what is called the ‘eco-system’ throughout the world. This sounds reasonable but these ideas affect people as well as plants and so involve present social, political and economic policies. Added to which there is a focus in Agenda 21 on the present generation’s responsibility to maintain and improve world resources for use by future generations.
The term ‘Sustainable Development’ was first mentioned during the original Rio UN Conference, but so was ‘Population Stabilisation’, thus not just plants but people were meant to be affected by Agenda 21. To create a global eco-system the global populations have to be organised; there have to be global laws and this means the end to national laws, which means the end to national governments – hence, for instance, the European Union.
But while Agenda 21 was based mainly on the maintenance of the world’s ecology for the present and future, Agenda 30 intends to go further. According to the official UN website:
The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part of a new sustainable development that finish the job…
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity … universal peace … eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge and an indispensible requirement for sustainable development …
‘All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, WILL implement this plan … [Whether they want to or not.] We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that NO ONE WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. [Whether they want to be or not.]
Agenda 30 has a list of 17 goals (and 169 targets) which the UN intends to implement globally before 2030. Most are very reasonable – end poverty, end hunger and improve nutrition, ensure gender equality, ensure sustainable economic growth, decent work for all – well, who wouldn’t want any of these and many of the other goals? But Goal No. 13 is, for instance, to ‘take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’ and this, of course, is the reason for Pope Francis to open the Agenda 30 Conference. He is head of the Roman Catholic Church which has an estimated 1.12 billion members globally and has recently sent out an Encyclical to all Catholics, urging them, as Agenda 30 says, to take action on Climate Change.
And while some people might agree that there has been a change in the world’s climate due to human activity, others won’t.
But if these goals and targets are implemented they will impact on the lives of every single person living on earth. They will have no choice but to accept this ‘sustaining of development’. It will be mandatory.
There would be no room for individual liberty or freedom under the Global Government which would be necessary to put the goals of both Agenda 21 and Agenda 30 into force.
In fact, the director of the World Health Organisation, Brock Adams, has said that ‘To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.’
Surely the Pope wouldn’t want the Catholic Faith to be removed from the minds of men?
… Would he?