We live in a world of misinformation, and it is hard to sort fact from fiction—even more so when the facts are distorted. With misinformation coming our way day and night, we’ve got to decipher the truth. Once we have the actual facts, it is up to each of us to determine how it affects us and the world around us.
“Agenda 2030” – the central United Nations platform for sustainable development — is a perfect case in point. It contains 17 goals that 193 member states (including the U.S.) pledged to ensure. It is a convoluted, wordy document that focuses on the idea of a global partnership to eradicate issues relating to global human rights, poverty, and the environment.
Rather than just picking up on sound bites, here is the truth about Agenda 2030, straight from the original sources (The United Nations: Department of Economic and Social Affairs). Use this information to form your own opinion.
The Basics Facts of Agenda 2030
The Heads of State and Government and High Representatives met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York September 25-27, 2015, to create new global Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. You can read it in its entirety here.
The 2030 Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. According to the UN, “All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. […] The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.”
In the 2030 Agenda Declaration, the UN declares, “On behalf of the peoples we serve, we have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030.”
It is important to note that Agenda 2030 was written in 2015, well before COVID-19. However, the UN has a COVID-19 Response for the Sustainable Development Goals and is pushing Agenda 2030 in the wake of the pandemic, which may explain why you are hearing about it more often now.
The UN’s COVID-19 Response website says, “The pandemic is an unprecedented wake-up call, laying bare deep inequalities and exposing precisely the failures that are addressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Leveraging this moment of crisis, when usual policies and social norms have been disrupted, bold steps can steer the world back on track towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the time for change, for a profound systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. The Sustainable Development Goals are vital for a recovery that leads to greener, more inclusive economies, and stronger, more resilient societies.”
The 5 Ps of Agenda 2030
So, what exactly does the United Nations plan to do with Agenda 2030? According to The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Primer, “At the heart of the 2030 Agenda are five critical dimensions: people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace, also known as the 5P’s.”
- People: To end poverty and hunger for all.
- Planet: To protect the planet from degradation.
- Prosperity: To ensure “all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.”
- Peace: To foster peaceful and inclusive societies.
- Partnership: To strengthen global solidarity.
The 17 Goals of Agenda 2030
In order to achieve the 5 Ps, 17 Sustainable Goals were created by the United Nations. Here are the goals directly from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
- Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
- Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
- Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
- Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
- Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
- Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
- Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
- Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
- Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
- Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Keep in mind that each goal also contains several targets, as well. For example, Goal 2 includes, “2.1: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.” Goal 16 includes, “16.9: By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.”
There are 169 targets total, all of which break down goals in this way.
Implementation of Agenda 2030
Lofty goals like these require lots of action, and Agenda 2030 is not lacking in calls for governments to “act.”
The Agenda repeatedly refers to the Financing for Development Outcome Document as a major part of the action plan for achieving goals. While it’s hard to say how “actionable” the declarations in the Outcome Document actually are, they shine a light on the priorities and mindset of the groups writing the Agenda. Taken directly from the Document itself, these include:
“We commit to enhancing revenue administration through modernized, progressive tax systems, improved tax policy and more efficient tax collection. We will work to […] broaden the tax base. […] We welcome efforts by countries to set nationally defined domestic targets and timelines for enhancing domestic revenue as part of their national sustainable development strategies and will support developing countries in need in reaching these targets.”
Empowering the IMF and World Bank to Access Financial Information“To help to combat illicit flows, we invite the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the United Nations to assist both source and destination countries. We also invite appropriate international institutions and regional organizations to publish estimates of the volume and composition of illicit financial flows […] [W]e will encourage information-sharing among financial institutions to mitigate the potential impact of the anti-money-laundering and combating the financing of terrorism standard on reducing access to financial services.”
Strengthening Regulations on Private Business to Achieve “Public Goals”
“We will develop policies and, where appropriate, strengthen regulatory frameworks to better align private sector incentives with public goals, including incentivizing the private sector to adopt sustainable practices, and foster long-term quality investment.”
Growing Services for Immigrants in Their Host Countries
“We recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development in countries of origin and transit and destination countries […] We will work to ensure that adequate and affordable financial services are available to migrants and their families in both home and host countries.”
Footing a 100-Billion Dollar Annual Bill for “Clean Energy”
“We will promote both public and private investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technologies […] with a combined potential to raise over $100 billion in annual investments by 2020.”
There are many other action items in the document. Click here to see them all.
The Concern regarding Agenda 2030
If we’re being honest, there is quite a lot of mistrust when it comes to Washington or the United Nations. We have seen firsthand how FEMA has failed to save us in times of crisis. So, when looking at this giant agenda that is full of hyperbolic language, it is easy to see why some people don’t trust it.
How is the UN going to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” by 2030? It just doesn’t seem that possible given their track record.
Moreover, the language used in Agenda 2030 has some worried it is presenting a “New World Order.” This is because it uses all-encompassing language, such as “for all” and emphasizes the need for a global partnership.
Instead of the United States of America, people are fearful that our own current laws will cease to exist if we continue to hand U.S. sovereignty over to an international government.
However, according to the United Nations, “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not legally binding. Nevertheless, countries are expected to take ownership and establish a national framework for achieving the 17 Goals.”
Prepare Now for Agenda 2030 Issues
Take time to read Agenda 2030 and the Financing for Development Outcome Document in full and form your own opinion. While the goals may seem all fine and good, we’re all familiar with the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
As danger in the world grows and concern for our government handing over its independence continues, it is always important to practice preparedness. Learn basic survival skills, develop relationships with people you can trust, purchase land, stock up on food supplies, and stay aware.
Don’t rely on the government or the United Nations to save the world. Learn how to save yourself, friends.
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply