[For those not familiar with the jargon, Agenda 21 = Rio = Rio+20 = the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, or UNCSD. Agenda 21 is basically the "top down" part. ICLEI is the "bottom up" component.]
Thank you for noting that, NowOrNever. For ALL that has been promulgated over the past 20 YEARS via the media and also no small amount of proselytizing in public schools, beginning in elementary school, as well new zoning, regulations, and development plans in towns and cities across America in the name of GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE and the ENVIRONMENT - Agenda 21's supposed crisis-level RAISON D'ETRE - it seems the new reason for Agenda 21 and urgent change is POVERTY. That is, the eradication of world poverty is now the justification to establish a global economic and social system.
"Poverty, not global warming or the environment, is “the greatest challenge that we face in the world today”, said Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Brazil’s chief negotiator, when a draft that ultimately became the final agreement was announced on 19 June.
Following are two links: 1) the final Rio conference report and 2) the United Nations' legalese-sounding General Assembly resolution on "Implementation of Agenda 21." These should be reviewed by every American to understand the GOALS and SCOPE of Agenda 21. But first, this is from the aforementioned "draft." It's in the report's preamble, titled "Vision" in the TOC:
I. Preamble/Stage Setting
1. We, the heads of State and Government, having met at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20-22 June 2012, resolve to work together for a prosperous, secure and sustainable future for our people and our planet.
2. We reaffirm our determination to free humanity from hunger and want through the eradication of all forms of poverty and strive for societies which are just, equitable and inclusive, for economic stability and growth that benefits all.
3. We are committed to making every effort to accelerate progress in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, thus improving the lives of the poorest people.
4. We are also committed to enhancing cooperation and addressing the ongoing and emerging issues in ways which will enhance opportunities for all, be centred on human development while preserving and protecting the life support system of our common home, our shared planet.
5. We urge bold and decisive action on the objective and themes for the conference. We renew our commitment to sustainable development and express our determination to pursue the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. We further affirm our resolve to strengthen the institutional framework for sustainable development. Taken together our actions should fill the implementation gaps and achieve greater integration among the three pillars of sustainable development ? the economic, the social and the environmental.
[Did you note the goal to strengthen the "institutional framework" and the "three pillars" requiring integration - economic, social, and environmental."]
1) The final "Report of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20–22 June 2012.
See the 13 points listed in "The Outcome We Want" (Page 1)
2) The United Nations General Assembly Committee report: "Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further
Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World
Summit on Sustainable Development and of the United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development"
NOTE: Both Agenda 21 reports - as well as additional, related reports, resolutions, etc. - can be accessed from the U.N. website page "Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform"
P.S. Look *way* at the top to see how this is categorized: UN Home | DESA | UN Economic and Social Development. In case you're wondering, "DESA" stands for Department of ECONOMIC and SOCIAL affairs.