Eh, So What Part 4
Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Chapter 4 and 7 of Agenda 21 covers access to energy for all as it pertains to human settlement development. Translated it means changing how our cities are designed to manage dense populations and all energy sources are equitable and fair. Smart Grids and meters accomplish this goal.
Goal 7 gives the assurance that everyone will have access to affordable energy, increase the share of renewable energy, double improvements in energy efficiency, enhance "international" cooperation to share energy and technology, and investment in energy infrastructure while upgrading infrastructure and technology for developing (poor) countries.
There has been good progress in achieving this goal. Since we are no longer considered three separate countries, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico classified as North America, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been working as an international regulatory authority to connect electrical grids between the countries. Here, under Regions you can see how we are connected to Canada. The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) is also linking the U.S. to Mexico as seen in this map. ABB completed their connection in 2007. But efforts are underway to connect other energy resources which you can read about here. And to finish us off the federal government is actively working to export electricity internationally. The United Nations (UN) goal is an international electric grid. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working on international coordination for smart grids. GridEx III is an exercise in North America to test responses to an attack on our shared electrical grid. There are some advances that still need to be made but overall the goal is almost finished.
Goal 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
Goal 8 tends to be an expansion of Agenda 21 in a different way. While Chapter 29 in Agenda 21 promotes the idea of unions, educating workers on SD, providing worker training, reducing accidents, and strengthening employment for women in Chapter 24, Agenda 21 rarely mentions promoting work for all.
Goal 8 promotes higher levels of economic productivity; policies supporting productive activities; decent job creation; growth of enterprises in addition to access to financial services; work for all and "equal pay"; reducing youth unemployment; eradicating forced labor; and protecting labour rights for migrants. It also calls for increasing Aid for Trade, dictating 7% gross domestic product growth per annum (sic), and implementing the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization (ILO), of course a UN organization. This is the effort behind workforce development through education reform, meeting corporate needs, and sustaining human settlements.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the answer to Goal 8. They have statistics on productivity policies, technology and job creation, and education and training from 1996, 3 years after Agenda 21 was implemented. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guarantees equal pay and non-discrimination for women and others, migrant rights, and the USAID implements the Aid for Trade program via initiatives with the UN, WTO, and and OECD (UN NGO) relationships.
Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Agenda 21 Chapters 30, 31,and 34, cover infrastructure, industrialization, and innovation while Chapter 35 covers the "science" for SD. There's those words again, infrastructure and science. For the UN, changing our infrastructure is vital to accomplishing their agenda. Infrastructure holds the key to controlling resources, and people. They are not only talking about resource infrastructure changes but also government infrastructure. Infrastructure refers to transportation, energy, and water. The intent is changing infrastructure to create a system of control, controlling how transportation supports human settlements and how resources are delivered and controlled, which is how smart meters work. With infrastructure upgrading, regulations direct the changes which support human settlement development. For example, federal dollars force the inclusion of mass transportation, bike paths, and walking into cities where it may not be in the best interest of the city. The EPA has a list of projects that meet UN guidelines for human settlements.
Goal 9 calls to "upgrade infrastructure to make them sustainable" for "increased resource-use efficiency", "with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all". This is expanded to include "regional and transborder" infrastructure to support "economic development".
The UN has placed the world into regions. These are broken down further into sub-regions in each country, then into county regions. For example, Idaho has several Regional Economic Groups, Magic Valley, Valley/Adams county, Boise Valley, and Idaho Falls to name a few. The county method of regionalism is the Council of Governments (COG). The purpose of these groups are to take control away from your local representatives, there is no accountability to the populace for the decisions they make. And of course Goal 9 includes the U.S. sharing all the technological information on this with other countries to make us all equal and one happy world.
Eh, so what? It doesn't matter that the use of water and energy is controlled and allocated equally or that freedom of movement is dictated by the use of a bus or biking. Work should be based on corporate need rather than by merit or skill. And it doesn't matter that decisions are made by a board who wasn't elected to represent local citizens, there should be no borders between cities or counties, or the country for that matter.
Goals 10-12 will be covered in the next post.