UN Seeks New Powers to Remake World at Rio Sustainability Summit
BY ALEX NEWMAN
SUNDAY, 22 APRIL 2012
The United Nations plans to use its upcoming UN Conference on â€śSustainable Developmentâ€ť (UN CSD or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro to amass a vast array of unprecedented new powers and literally re-shape civilization, the global economy, and even peoplesâ€™ thoughts, according to official documents. All of it will be done in the name of transitioning toward a so-called â€śgreen economy.â€ť
Among the new authorities being sought by the world body are global carbon taxes, wealth redistribution amounting to trillions of dollars per year, and a barrage of programs dealing with everything from poverty and education to health and resource allocation. Virtually no realm of human activity will be unaffected by the scheme, which analysts have described as a â€śmammoth exercise in global social engineering.â€ť
The global transformation agenda was laid out in a recently published report entitled â€śWorking towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A United Nations System-wide Perspective.â€ť The document â€” prepared by a group of more than 35 UN agencies and assorted international institutions under the banner of the UN â€śEnvironmental Management Groupâ€ť (UNEMG) â€” explains the goals of the global bodyâ€™s upcoming â€śsustainabilityâ€ť summit. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Earth Summit that adopted the highly controversial â€śAgenda 21.â€ť
â€śTransitioning to a green economy requires a fundamental shift in the way we think and act,â€ť the document explains, calling for greater â€śeducation,â€ť information, and â€śawarenessâ€ť efforts to help â€śchange individual and collective behaviorâ€ť in lifestyles as well as consumption and production patterns. The agenda will necessitate â€śa serious rethinking of lifestyles in developed countries,â€ť it notes.
Cost: Trillions Per Year, and Then Some