Agenda 21 – Is it good or bad? The conspiracies, the challenges and implementation with SDGs

9 February, 2022

There is a growing need to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals that aim to “Transform the World”. Change comes with collective effort, mutual understanding and knowledge towards specific goals. 


Despite the UN and other international organizations making crucial decisions, the result is far from expected. It made me wonder what it is that we are falling short on? Is it the lack of interest or lack of awareness? 


That’s when I had a eureka moment, and it suddenly started to make all sense. Many people don’t know the complicated terms and references used when discussing sustainability. The idea inspired me to create a new series called “The ABCs of Sustainability ”. I hope that this series of blogs is well received and serves its purpose. 


Agenda 21: Is it good or bad? 


Over the years, Agenda 21 has been criticized by opponents that criticize the initiative that is tied with Agenda 21. 


What has been the impact of Agenda 21? 


To understand the implication of Agenda 21, it is initially essential to understand the difference between Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development, as these words are often used interchangeably. Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action that strives to be locally implemented to create a global impact. 


Predominantly Agenda 21 affects us through property rights, and without property rights, there is no freedom. The agenda also allows the United Nations founding document over the US constitution. 


What is the problem with Agenda 21? 


  1. The initial threat can be undermining the constitution. How? It is rooted in understanding the intent of the founders. If we can recall, “sustainable development” was a term coined by Gro Harlem Bruntland, a Norwegian socialist. The founders of Agenda 21 are not socialist, despite most of them claiming to be so. 


It is a political agenda rooted in the UN, which is an amalgamation of different nations. At the same time, the US and other countries declaration of independence protects the rights of the people. UN declaration enables the government to take hold of the property for the community. The property can be either you or any of your resources. 


Inherent rights, like fundamental freedoms, must be undermined to accomplish Sustainable Development in the United States. Locally, an illustration of this threat may be observed when appointed, and hence unaccountable boards and committees counsel, lead and adopt policies that violate our Law.


The conspiracy around Agenda 21 


The conspiracy, which sprang from a nonbinding UN resolution on sustainable development in 1992, envisions a comprehensive New World Order allegedly being ushered in by evil services generally. The “21” in Agenda 21 alludes to the original UN plan’s goal year of 2021. Agenda 21, presently being promoted on social media by accounts with large numbers of followers, also criticises Minimum Income and claims that people will be separated into human settlements.


The challenges with Agenda 21 


Since UNCED, the globe has experienced a sustained expanding economy, and intake not only continues extremely high in the developed world but is also seeing considerable increases in the user populations of big emerging nations such as Brazil, India, and China. Nonetheless, the fundamental requirements of a far more significant segment of humanity are not being satisfied. 


While facilities have gotten more efficient, consumption habits appear to have become more unsustainable, aided and worsened by the growth of international trade, with little in the way of regulatory requirements and initiatives to induce adjustments in unaffordable consumption patterns. While some advancement has been achieved in Chapter 9 – atmospheric protection – in terms of ozone depletion, carbon emissions, and other hazardous air pollutants,


Looking into both sides of the spectrum 


Given the depth of the anti-Agenda 21 controversy, it is not surprising that many environmental organizations still want to follow it up. 


The main focus of these institutions is to “focus on the positives” and acknowledge that local sustainability initiatives will help enhance the economies and livelihood of people as opposed to the current initiatives that are not in the best interest of the people. 


Just as you know, it is quite hard to ascertain why Agenda 21 is so controversial. While the focus is on creating international cooperation, it also calls for local government involvement in sustainable development. 


Implementing the Agenda with the SDGs 


The Centre for Sustainable Development serves as an elevated forum on environmental sustainability and has served as a preparation body for Agenda 21 summits and sessions. The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development serves as the Ministry’s secretariat and works “within the framework of” Agenda 21.


Adoption by member nations remains mostly voluntary, with varying degrees of success.


About a set of economic progress formed in the perspective of the CSD (also known as CSD aspects of sustainable development), the Secretary-report General’s states that it was “to a certain degree” a productive exercise because it encouraged several nations to conduct surveys on these indexes for use in judgement processes.


It does, however, lament the lack of systematic monitoring and communication between regional and international levels, which “hampered tests of how integrated public development policies and predictors have been in supporting the delivery of environmental sustainability contracts.”


For an extended period, sustainability has been seen as the starting point for environmental protection, with Agenda 21 paving the way. Social and economic equality and international productivity and progress are seen as prerequisites for long-term growth. Only when such progress is made will the solutions to concern for the environment become possible. 


Despite the fact that we are already five years down the road mapped out by Agenda 21, the chances of accomplishing the stated goals remain slim. Despite economic progress, global injustice is growing. The transformation of ecological regions to agricultural land will rise dramatically as the world’s population grows, particularly in Asia and Africa. This tendency appears to be reversing in North America and Europe, where lifestyle has advanced, and their life expectancy has increased. The developing world is catching up with the rest.


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