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  • Writer's pictureJohn Pabon

What's Agenda 21?



Where does the idea the United Nations is creating a new world order actually come from?


It all stems from something called Agenda 21.


Originally envisaged as a way to embed sustainable development at all levels of government, Agenda 21 soon became the play thing of conspiracy theorists around the world. So began the stories of the UN trying to control populations and create a new world order. Never mind that the UN can hardly organise a picnic. No, these whack balls insisted Agenda 21 was using environmentalism to disguise much more sinister motivations.


Tea Party members in the US (remember them?) claimed Agenda 21 was a UN plot to urbanise the United States. Ultra-conservative groups like the John Birch Society saw Agenda 21 as eco-totalitarianism. Even that bumbling idiot Glenn Beck wanted to have a say. He wrote an entire book trying to discredit Agenda 21, using a poorly described dystopian future if the UN got its way. I mean, you’ve got to see the intro to believe it.

“Emmeline and her family live in a place that just a generation ago was called America. Now, it’s simply known as ‘the Republic.’ There is no president. No Congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

There are only the Authorities.


This bleak and barren existence is all that eighteen-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.

Until the day they come for the one she loves most.”


If I were Margaret Atwood I’d be on the phone to my lawyer.


Without a basis in fact or reality, Beck claims Agenda 21 will wipe out 85% of the world’s population, create a police state, and give the UN total control over everything. In reality, Agenda 21 mainly created a few funds, set the basis for the Sustainable Development Goals, and established the Convention to Combat Desertification (those folks I worked with in Istanbul). You might laugh, but Beck’s 2012 book currently has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and a 4-star rating on Goodreads. People are listening, and they believe this junk, no matter how ridiculous it truly is.

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