The UN Global Urban Agenda 2016 – 2030
Calendar of Events Leading up to the UNs Habitat III Global Local Government Conference in October 2016
Graham Williamson
August 2016


The UN, having spent more than half a $trillion in 70 years, is an undemocratic, unaccountable international policeman that is in the business of inventing ‘global problems’ which can only be ‘solved’ by a transfer of power and money from nation states to the UN. It has been elevated to this status by cooperative national governments.


From the 17th – 20th October 2016 the United Nations will further seek to solve the world’s ‘global problems’ by locking the world into their global urban agenda at the Habitat III conference in Ecuador. The UN global agenda involves a world order characterised by a progressive loss of sovereignty and autonomy as countries around the world transfer power to the UN via countless international agreements and treaties. The UN, in agreement with Ronald Macdonald, already regards this stranglehold of international agreements as a virtual ‘world constitution’:


“Over the past 70 years, the United Nations has conducted a magnificent normative orchestra which has put on the world stage not only the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but legally binding instruments including 10 core human rights treaties and countless declarations and resolutions such as the Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order, the Declaration on the Right to Development and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…… All States Members of the United Nations are bound by the Charter, which is akin to a world constitution.” 


As UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres pointed out in regard to ‘climate change’, the aim of the UN is to bring about a “centralized transformation”……“one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.” Figueres continues“global society, is moving to the point where we are going to need more and more global governance muscle….….Climate change is only the first of the major, major planetary challenges that we are being given, almost as a playground…… go into that playground and exercise our global governance capacity”


Most significantly, according to the Habitat Professionals Forumthe UN global urban agenda must be non-negotiable and unchallengeable:

“A new Urban Agenda must avoid fixed rules or measures that constrain the process, as happens in the present one. It should have an open structure that can be moulded according to the needs of a defined social and economic, environment, but should be closed in relation to the application of the general philosophy and the adopted principles, and objectives to be pursued and measured.”
As Christine Trenordern, former Senior Judge of the Environment, Resources and Development Court in South Australia, points out in Judicial Review and the Principles of Ecological Sustainable Development: Where are we GoingESD laws should be unchallengeable, and the democratic “repeal or diminution” of such laws should not be possible.

The UN has a staggering 387 undemocratic conferences and meetings scheduled for 2016.


Our government has yet to show any interest in reversing or preventing this undemocratic transfer of power and autonomy to the UN.

The UN Further Draws the Strands of Their Global Agenda Together With Habitat III
From COP21 and global climate ‘problems’, to the SDGs and global ‘sustainability’, to Habitat III, global ‘human rights’, and global urban governance, only the UN has the answers. In fact, in Article 29c of the Declaration of Human rights, the UN has even granted the ‘right’ NOT to disobey the UN! The UN invents global problems and undermines national sovereignty, with the help of national governments!

Successive Australian Governments Support the UNs Undemocratic Urban Agenda Through Agenda 21/2030 Agenda & the SDGs

The UN’s urban agenda goes back to Agenda 21 and Rio+20 and is a central part of their global ‘sustainability’ agenda, hence its integration with the SDGs and the 2030 agenda which was signed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Through their longstanding bipartisan support of Agenda 21, and their commitment to Habitat through the Istanbul Declaration, successive Australian governments have long supported UN interference in Australian domestic affairs.


Habitat Right to the City & Cities for all Report

The UN’s Habitat III “Right to the City” policy document emphasises that the UN urban agenda will ensure local residents are ‘happy’ in their local community. It describes Port Phillip Council’s Community Pulse program which utilises what they refer to as “Smile Spies” in order to measure the “smiles per hour” of local residents. To this end they supply ‘Smile spy Information Packs’ to their smile spy teams.


ICLEI & Compact of Mayors Target Australian Councils

Following ICLEIs Local Government Climate Roadmap, in May 2016 ICLEI issued a guide for local councils. In June 2016 the Compact of Mayorsjoined with the Covenant of Mayors to form the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a global Mayor’s association to control climate change, no doubt further intended to put smiles on the faces of their local constituents.

May 2016: UN Releases World Cities Report Emphasising Local Councils Must be Empowered and Given ‘Autonomy’

In the lead up to the Habitat 3 conference and the global urban agenda, the UN has released the World Cities Report 2016 to further draw the strands of the global agenda together under the umbrella of the 2030 agenda. In this report the UN stresses that national governments must grant local councils more ‘autonomy’ by empowering them financially, and by legitimising them legally or constitutionally. If local authorities are not so empowered, and granted ‘autonomy’ (autonomy from the UN, or only national/state governments?) then they will be unable to respond adequately to the global agendas set by the UN. The Un has established a global urban law data base to assist local authorities in standardising and globalising local laws in keeping with the UN agenda.



May-June 2016: UN Release 22 Habitat III Issue Papers to Consider Council Funding, Property Rights and Land Tenure, and Constitutional or Legislative Empowerment of Councils

The Habitat III Issue Papers are summary documents that address one or more research areas

Issues include smart cities, transfer of power and responsibilities from national governments to local governmentsincreased funding for local governments, and equity in urban land use and “implementation of urban policies that support plurality of tenure and continuum of land rights to enhance tenure security for the urban poor”. The UN, with its long history of interfering in private land ownership by promotion of usage restrictions, is becoming increasingly involved in the control of urban land tenure through their global urban agenda. And of course, Liberal, Labor. Greens, and the Nationals, are all seeking to legitimise Australian Councils by Constitutional recognition, and also increase their funding sources.


28th July 2016: Surabaya Draft of Habitat III Document, to be Signed by Governments in October
We, the Heads of State and Government, Ministers and High Representatives, have gathered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)…….. to adopt a New

Urban Agenda……..We take full account of our commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…….The implementation of the New Urban Agenda contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in an integrated manner…….We commit to an urban paradigm shift for a New Urban Agenda that will: 

(a)readdress the way we plan, finance, develop, govern, and manage cities and human settlements
iv. Supporting effective, innovative, and sustainable financing frameworks and instruments……

  1. We recognize that the realization of the transformative commitments set out in the New Urban Agenda will require an enabling policy framework at the national, sub-national and local levels……
    We will take measures to establish legal and policy frameworks…….
    We will support strengthening the capacity of sub-national and local governments to implement effective local and metropolitan multi-level governance…….
    We will support appropriate policies and capacities that enable sub-national and local governments to register and expand their potential revenue base……
    We will promote sound and transparent systems of financial transfers from national government to sub-national and local governments…….
    We will strengthen the data and statistical capacities at national, sub-national, and local levels to effectively monitor progress”


August 2016: Third Prepcom Meeting in Indonesia concludes as countries prepare for October Habitat Conference

Discussions push ever closer to adoption of a New Urban Agenda” as “4,248 participants from 142 different countries meet In three intensive days of negotiations in Surabaya, Indonesia”. “Delegates from member states recognized the importance of sustainable urbanization and discussed the ways in which it could influence Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”. “All governments and stakeholders involved in the Habitat III process will work intensively over the coming months to secure a successful adoption of the New Urban Agenda in October”, said Dr. Clos

Side events and issues discussed in Indonesia include:

The UN has cited Bendigo as an example of a regional economy for its upcoming conference in October, although it should be noted that Newcastle already flies the UN flag.

The UN describes the Habitat agenda as a “World Charter of Local Self=Government”.

Unbeknown to Most Voters, Australian Government Endorses UN Urban Agenda

The Australian government not only endorses this UN global urban agenda through their signing of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, but further, the Australian government stresses that the UN Habitat agenda has a strong’ “Alignment with Australia’s aid priorities and national interests”.


Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) Actively Promoting UN Urban Agenda in Australia

EAROPH, which “has been recognized as a lead agency for preparation of several policy papers in the lead up  to Habitat III”, is comprised of Kerry McGovern (president), Dr Jane Stanley (vice president) and various Council members including former Adelaide mayor, Michael Harbison, and MP, Candy Broad. EAROPH is accredited by UNESCAP and UNCHS HABITAT, and covers areas “similar to Agenda 21”. EAROPH notes that “The devolution of responsibilities to local authorities must be accompanied by adequate fiscal decentralization and strengthening of capabilities at the local level” and “National governments should ensure certainty of funding to city administrations through constitutional recognition or through access to funding that is reliable and predictable over the long-term.”


Smart Countries, Smart Cities, and Smart School Students, Blindly and Undemocratically Follow the UN

As a result, Australia is complying with the global ‘smart cities’ agenda (12345678910111213) and the Department of the Prime Minister even has a Cities Division and Smart Cities Plan. And Australian school students will continue to be subjected to UN ‘sustainability’ propaganda. As was indicated by the 2030 SDG agreement signed by Julie Bishop, students, and the entire community, will need to be educated as global citizens (1415161718192021), NOT Australian citizens. The government has recently released their urban mobility report which alleges global urban impacts of ‘climate change’.


The ‘success’ of the entire UN agenda is dependent upon a denial of democracy, the people being kept uninformed or misinformed, and given no electoral choice (222324252627).

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