is the Under Secretary’s speech. It
is presented only partially but the link below will take you to the
Brookings/Council on Foreign Relations Forum
Summit on Sustainable Development
Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Thursday, May 23, 2002
12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
The Washington Club
“But if Johannesburg is to truly implement the
international community's new consensus, demonstrated in Monterrey, to
effectively mobilize resources for sustainable development, it should
produce compelling results, not merely high sounding rhetoric. We already
have agreed upon Agenda 21 and the Millennium Declaration goals. The world
community does not need to negotiate new goals or create new global
But how can we best make progress in realizing
the agenda that we have all agreed upon?
The essence of the message from the United
States — that the United States will carry to Johannesburg is that we must
continue down the path laid out in Monterrey, working together to build
Our vision for the World Summit on Sustainable
Development is twofold. First, we believe sustainable development for every
nation begins at home, with the support of effective domestic policies.
This is an unmistakable lesson of past development efforts. Second, we
believe that the best way to capitalize upon these effective domestic
policies is through building and maturing local, national and international
public/private partnerships. Through this approach, sustainable development
can be achieved in a way that benefits both developing and developed
Let me take a moment, if I may, to outline what
I mean when I speak of good governance. This is a term that is tossed
around a lot, but it's worth taking a moment to explain it. To begin with,
good governance encompasses the creation and support of effective
democratic institutions, public institutions that will make policy
objectively and rationally for the betterment of all citizens.
In order to promote sustainable development,
the World Summit on Sustainable Development should concentrate on how the
world can work together to encourage these needed changes. We support these efforts because we share
together with our partners a strong commitment to the reality that only
open, law-based societies that foster private investment, enterprise and
entrepreneurship can unleash our human potential to build lasting and
widely shared prosperity.
The second key to our vision is the idea that
we must work effectively to address the challenges of sustainable
development through partnerships among governments, the private sector,
non-governmental organizations and other elements of civil society. One of
the public/private initiatives we plan to showcase in Johannesburg is the
Geographic Information for Sustainable Development project, which makes
satellite imagery available to people around the world, to policy makers,
to users, to scientists, so that they can get instant access to satellite
This project joins the State Department, USAID
and the technical agencies of the United States government with the open
GIS consortium, the largest industry association of GIS technology and
services. I think it is a wonderful illustration of how public/private
partnerships in fact can be a force multiplier, leveraging resources for
We in the United States government are working
with our friends and allies to promote sustainable development. Yet, no
government individually or collectively, developed or developing, can be
successful without active partnership with the private sector, with
non-profit organizations and other participants. We can strive together for
freer and more open societies, thriving economies and healthy environments
and help developing countries integrate fully into the global economy, to
reap the benefits from international trade investment and cooperative
In partnership, we will work at Johannesburg to
unite governments, the private sector and civil society, to strengthen
democratic institutions of governance, open markets and mobilize and use
all development resources more effectively.
We re-dedicate ourselves to turn our vision
into reality and we support immediate concrete action to this end. The test
of any man lies not in espousing words but in fulfilling deeds. And the
true test of the World Summit on Sustainable Development will not lie in
the rhetoric that is negotiated, but in actions taken to improve conditions
worldwide. The new vision President Bush emphasized before Monterrey
unleashes the potential of those who are poor, instead of locking them into
a cycle of dependence. This new vision looks beyond arbitrary inputs from
the rich and demands tangible outcomes for the poor.
Likewise, Johannesburg demands a new vision of
real reforms in developing nations, strengthened by real support from
international partnerships. Through this new vision we invite the world's
citizens and their governments to work together to build global prosperity.
· The very worst thing about “Agenda 21”
is, they are implementing it in an un-American way because it is anti-
American. They know if we the people
were asked to vote on it and ratify it by each state, it would never pass.
· They are all guilty. This is not about being a Democrat or a
Republican it’s about being an American.
Every elected official who is sneaking this past the citizens of
this country is not worthy of calling themselves an American.
· There is no middle road here. You either support implementing Agenda 21
or you oppose implementing Agenda 21.
Which flag is your flag?
· Make “Agenda 21” an election issue for
· “Agenda 21” should be a public debate
issue. Let’s bring “Agenda 21” out
of the closet and shine the bright light of scrutiny on the subject so all
Americans know what’s happening.
· Become an anti-soviet, become a Freedom
· To be a Freedom 21 Fighter you don’t have
to join anything. You don’t have to
pay any dues. You don’t have to
attend any meetings. You just have
to learn about Agenda 21 because you can’t fight something you know nothing
about. Then you must share your
knowledge with your friends and neighbors.
And the next time you meet someone who is running for elected
office, any office, ask them where they stand on Agenda 21 “sustainable
development”. Be a Freedom 21
· May GOD Bless the United States of
Strong Architect of Agenda 21
Agenda 21 – The U.N. Plan for your community
· ICLEI Members
· Henry Lamb @ World Net Daily
· Freedom 21 – Advancing the Principals of Freedom in the 21st
· U. N.
· The Earth Charter and the Ark of the Gaia Covenant
· Sirolli Institute and Lake County, CA ‘Lake County’s Spirit of
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