I’ve talked about Agenda 21 a few times and now a local patriot group is even meeting on the subject as a near and dear matter. I’m giving you this story from the UN site just to prove that we are funding more and more “agenda” to feed the world AND take more land from private citizens. It’s here ya’ll!
Actions to reverse increasing loss of productive lands in world’s dry regions the focus of UN high-level meeting
More than two billion people are affected by desertification, which
leads to poverty, drought, famine, demographic pressures
New York, 19 September 2011 -The United Nations will convene a
high-level meeting on Tuesday, 20 September to focus on actions to protect the
drylands, home to two billion people. Productive lands in dry regions around the
world are under increasing threat due to poor land management practices and
More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost due to
desertification every year, the equivalent of losing an area the size of South
Africa every decade. While productive land becomes scarcer, providing food for
the 9 billion people predicted to live on Earth in 2050 will require a 70 per
cent increase in global food production.
The UN high-level meeting aims to spur actions to reverse desertification. To
develop better policies for sustainable land management with a firmer scientific
basis, one of the meeting’s main discussion points will be the establishment of
a global scientific panel to foster stronger connections between the scientific
community and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
More than 100 Heads of State and Government, or Heads of Delegation, will
participate in the high-level meeting, which will open with a 9:30am plenary,
followed by interactive panels and a closing plenary at 5:45pm. A short film,
“Desertification”, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, cinematographer and Goodwill
Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, will be screened at the
“The people who live in the arid lands, which occupy more than 40 per cent of
our planet’s land area, are among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable to
hunger,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “Frequently, they depend on land
that is degraded and where productivity has shrunk to below subsistence levels.”
While the term desertification often conjures up visions of land turning into
barren tracts of sand, it actually refers to a less dramatic but equally
destructive process – the loss of the capacity to grow crops or raise livestock
in arid, semi-arid or dry sub-humid areas, so-called drylands, where some 2.3
billion people live in nearly 100 countries.
“This high-level meeting will provide a unique opportunity to raise awareness
on the global land degradation threat and the urgent need for stronger action,”
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja said. “We are all at risk. Just 6-10
inches of top soil stand between us and extinction.”
By controlling and reversing desertification, curbing the effects of drought
and restoring productive lands, there is an opportunity to make a direct
positive contribution to reducing poverty, improving people’s lives and meeting
the targets of the Millennium
Development Goals. Addressing desertification ensures that reducing poverty
and improving development are sustainable over the long term, especially with an
expanding global population.
After the meeting’s conclusion, the President of the General Assembly will
present a summary of the discussions to the Conference of the Parties to the
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification at its tenth session
(COP 10), to be held in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 21 October 2011,
and to the United Nations Conference
on Sustainable Development, often referred to as Rio +20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro
from 4 to 6 June 2012.
About the UNCCD
Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were
identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992
Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding
international agreement linking environment, development and the promotion of
healthy soils. The Convention’s 194 signatory countries, or Parties, work to
alleviate poverty in the drylands, maintain and restore the land’s productivity,
and mitigate the effects of drought.