Friday, May 13, 2016

THE 2030 AGENDA - The United Nations NEW Agenda 21 plan for humanity

Published on Aug 21, 2015
THE 2030 AGENDA - The United Nations NEW Agenda 21 plan.
I have obtained a link to read/download a copy of the report, TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
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This is the link to the United States Mission to the United Nations, Statement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development web page, posted on the third of August Samantha Power, United States, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York August 3, 2015.

The NEW Agenda 21 is about to be revealed by the United Nations next month during the Pope's visit to the United States of America.
The new Agenda.
We are announcing today 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated targets which are integrated and indivisible.
Never before have world leaders pledged common action and endeavour across such a broad and universal policy agenda.
We are setting out together on the path towards sustainable development, devoting ourselves collectively to the pursuit of global development and of win win cooperation which can bring huge gains to all countries and all parts of the world.
We reaffirm that every State has, and shall freely exercise, full permanent sovereignty over all its wealth, natural resources and economic activity.
We will implement the Agenda for the full benefit of all, for today’s generation and for future generations.
In doing so, we reaffirm our commitment to international law and emphasize that the Agenda is to be implemented in a manner that is consistent with the rights and obligations of states under international law.
We reaffirm the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other international instruments relating to human rights and international law.
We emphasize the responsibilities of all States, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations, to respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability or other status.
Realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution to progress across all the Goals and targets.

After a quick read through of the 2030 Agenda Report, my initial concern is the seemingly limitless powers granted to the following two organisations, the first being HLPF, High Level Political Forum on sustainable development, the second being ECOSOC.
This is what the report has to say about them -

The HLPF will have a central role in overseeing a network of follow up and review processes at the global level, working coherently with the General Assembly, ECOSOC and other relevant organs and forums, in accordance with existing mandates.
The HLPF will also be informed by the Global Sustainable Development Report, which shall strengthen the science policy interface and could provide a strong evidence based instrument to support policy makers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.
We invite the President of ECOSOC to conduct a process of consultations on the scope, methodology and frequency of the Report as well as its relation to the SDG Progress Report, the outcome of which should be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF session in 2016.
The HLPF, under the auspices of ECOSOC, shall carry out regular reviews, in line with Resolution 67 290.
Reviews will be voluntary, while encouraging reporting, and include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders, including civil society and the PRIVATE sector.
It will facilitate sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, and provide political leadership guidance and recommendations for follow up.
It will promote system wide coherence and coordination of sustainable development policies.
It should ensure that the Agenda remains relevant and ambitious and should focus on the assessment of progress, achievements and challenges faced by developed and developing countries as well as new and emerging issues.
Effective linkages will be made with the follow up and review arrangements of all relevant UN Conferences and processes, including on LDCs, SIDS and LLDCs.
Follow up and review at the HLPF will be informed by an annual SDG Progress Report to be prepared by the Secretary General in cooperation with the UN System, based on the global indicator framework and data produced by national statistical systems and information collected at the regional level.

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