|The environment, degradation of the planet, CO2, depletion of ozone layer, restoration of wildlands and return of planet to natural habitation||The Rio Earth Summit Agenda 21 - Sustainable Development|
|Human Rights of Women,Equality of Women - Discrimination, etc.||Vienna World Conference on Human Rights Declaration of Human Rights as norm not US Constitution/Bill of Rights Further clarification (Int'l Law)|
|The world has too many people and we cannot sustain them. We must reduce the population to preserve the earth (Rio)||Cairo Population and Development Family planning/ed. as a way to reduce unwanted pregnancies, condom distribution, health clinics, women's reproductive freedom, equality in home with care of children|
|Unemployment, Poverty and Social disintegration||Copenhagen - World Social Summit (Reform of the UN - Global tax, expanded Security Council, add Economic Security Council, permanent world army, meet on permanent basis)|
|Women's Rights---Human Rights are women's rights - right to equality, end of discrimination||Beijing Fourth Women's Conference Global Cake - Women's rights, UN Rights, Child shield for real agenda of attack on national sovereignty and transfer of wealth and "family dependency ratio" (consumption/production)|
|Crises of urban development, slums, poverty, crime, drugs, unresolved problems of human settlements, lack of housing.||Istanbul, Habitat II Sustainable development, cities, energy, water, families, transport, finance, land. Common future, transfer of wealth, elevation of NGO to equal working status with UN/community. Introduction of NEW partnership of local sector representatives with business/private sector and UN. (informal people's world representatives with businesses/private sector and UN. (informal people's world parliament). Control of resources, abolition of personal property rights in the name of protecting the earth's resources.|
|END RESULT: UN set up as answer to all crises, establish international law, empower the United Nations, and control all of the earth's resources which will result in the loss of personal property rights and consumption/production quotas levied on all people---GLOBAL GOVERNMENT.|
Monday, June 3, 1996 JOAN VEON Istanbul, Turkey
Businesswoman, Free lance Journalist
As with all UN conferences, there were numerous activities which were held before the official opening of the UN Conference on Human Settlements today. In one UN sponsored conference, 400 mayors, municipality officials and local sector representatives met to discuss the new and emerging partnership of local authorities with governments, international institutions and other players as envisioned by Wally N'Dow, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Human Settlements.
Like all UN conferences, the opening was marked with great pomp and circumstance. Although there are not as many world leaders or participants as expected, the agenda is considered "extremely progressive." In his opening speech, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali emphasized the importance of this last UN conference of the century. In a series of more than a half-dozen mega-conferences which began with the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 where Agenda 21, the Environmental framework was set up, Habitat is the last of the series. (On the following page you will find a list of these conferences and their agenda.) Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali called the agenda innovative in its design and stated that it would require "cooperative vision" in which there could be no isolation in a rapidly globalizing world.
Following Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali's remarks, Turkish President Suyelman Demirel stated "democratization, solidarity cooperation and scientific and technological breakthroughs constitute the key elements of a new road map to a better international order. He said, "We live in times when no single nation can remain indifferent to the problems faced by others....We have to come to terms with the fact that we inhabit together mother earth. We all share equally the responsibilities associated with our planet. Failure in one part of this earth should be understood as collective failure."
In an earlier speech to the World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities, Mr. Boutros-Ghali summed up a number of philosophical aims when he said,
"The Habitat II Conferences addresses the future of humankind in a very comprehensive and integrated way. It is bringing together the different strands of development: the issues of population movement and urbanization, employment generation, environmental infrastructure and living conditions, participation and governance, legislation and finance, and sustainable use of resources. These issues must be considered in the light of current trends in globalization liberalization and privatization."
To that, Dr. N'Dow stated, "A new global social contract for building sustainable human settlements must be forged....It is that the unresolved problems of our human settlements also threaten a new global division between rich and poor, within and between nations. " He cited the number of people living in poverty as the dominant characteristic of the "new global urban world order."
With regard to cities and towns, he said, " It is where we must localize the ideas of Agenda 21 to build the foundations of sustainable growth and development for generations yet to come and for prosperity in a globalized economy." He said that Habitat II addressed the future of humankind in a "very comprehensive and integrated way by bring together "the different strands of development: population, employment, environmental infrastructure and living conditions, participation and governance, legislation and finance and sustainable use of resources...."
He commented on the new harmony between the private sector, local authorities, NGOs, women's coalitions, youth and the entire civil society of many nations. He highlighted a historic change in the rule of procedure which would allow all the organizations and institutions of civil society to receive recognition at a UN conference and an "unprecedented avenue of expression through the special hearings the Committee will hold to listen to their ideas, views and recommendations." (Note: This special opportunity is only open to NGO's who agree with the progressive UN agenda. Eventually this will lead to a "people's parliament.")
With regard to financing the projects of Habitat, Dr. N'Dow stated there has been, "collaboration with prominent regional and global financial institutions...[in which the aim has been has been] to tap into new capital and financial markets, especially i the areas of infrastructure." This journalist attended a high level, private, invitation international conference in March where the UN and World Bank had gathered numerous American mutual fund companies to prompt and press them as to what they would do to help the UN with their financing, i.e. a special fee or perhaps "new and innovative types of mutual funds." Currently there is $5.5T in mutual funds. In 1994 over $39.5B was invested in emerging markets. Of that amount, China has received the largest share of that amount with Mexico, Argentina and Thailand, second, third and fourth respectively.
Also, Dr. N'Dow stated that "All come home in Istanbul, for it is our human settlements that the battle must be fought and won, where we must negotiate our very survival. That is what Habitat II is all about....The challenge is to extend the process of sustainable development to the whole human family--For this we must be prepared for change."
Overall there has been a strong emphasis on regionalism, i.e. regional government to help handle the problems of the 21st century. Most interesting to this reporter was the fact that the UN Conference grounds were being patrolled by seven members of the Connecticut State Police Special Tactical Unit who at the request of the UN came to protect the conference grounds from drugs and terrorists.
Lastly, at the same time that the Habitat Conference is going on, there is a World Trade Conference in which many countries have set up booths displaying how they have already developed sustainable cities. The country with the largest booth, by far, is China. On city, Beirut, Lebanon had a model of its entire city and how it has been sustainably rebuilt after the war. On June 4, there will be a seminar on the proposed rebuilding of Bosnia and Hercegovina---"Before, During and After the War." (Is it possible that cities are being destroyed by "regional" wars so that they can be sustainably rebuilt and in the process global government established?)
For those in America who want a low-income loan and sustainable housing, HUD has been working on a number of projects and has designed a number of loans to help. In addition, they have prepared a book at the request of Dr. N'Dow to show how 70 cities of America stack up to "sustainable cities."
Other workshops which will be held this week have to do with "How Cities will look," "Finance", "Water," "Employment," "Transport," "Energy," and "Citizenship" to name a few.
Where does "sustainable development" come from? This journalist has located it in the Constitution of the USSR, 1977, Chapter 2, Item 18. In summary, Habitat is STRUCTURAL, it is change--of life as we know it---if we are made to conform, everything we do, eat and use will be measured according to whether we are a good "global citizen" or not and whether we produce more than we consume, after all, that is what you need to do to save money and conserve the earth's resources.