[Ok-sus] Legislative Proposals to Ban "Agenda 21"

wildbill73107 at cox.net wildbill73107 at cox.net
Wed Jan 23 02:34:59 CST 2013

TO: Oklahoma Sustainability Network

Aside from firearms and  taxes, one of the biggest issues in the Oklahoma Legislature this year will be "Agenda 21," the final report of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development. That's based on the number of bills that have been introduced in the Legislature on the topic of Agenda 21 -- 3 bills and 1 joint resolution. 

Who knew sustainable development was going to be such a hot topic?  

The stated objective of these legislative measures is two-fold. The first goal is to try to shut down any state or local policy initiative that can be traced to "Agenda 21" -- although the 4 measures are almost universally obscure in how they define such policies. For example, Senate Bill 23 by Sen. Patrick Anderson would prohibit "policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process" of law. Considering that Section II-7 of the Oklahoma Constitution already protects people from loss of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," this goal of the legislation seems to be substantially moot. Still, the bill strikes a symbolic blow against sustainable development activities. 

The second goal of the four measures is more direct. Each of them seeks to put strict limits on public commerce with the United Nations as well as non-governmental organizations that support sustainable development. Primarily, the restrictions are aimed at knowledge resources -- such as reports, articles, and data sets from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Under SB23, no public university or public library or any state or county or municipal agency would be allowed to purchase books or articles from "any non-governmental or inter-governmental organization as defined in Agenda 21." 

The result of such restrictions, if enacted, would be a form of censorship -- since university researchers, students, etc., would lose access to valuable information from global experts. At-risk publications would include reports on food production, commodity prices, pest management, global weather patterns, climatology, infectious disease, international travel and telecommunications, etc. 

The Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association has prepared a summary of each of the 4 legislative proposals that are now awaiting action by Oklahoma's Legislature (set to convene on February 4th). 

To find a summary of each of the measures and more information on their effects, please see our blog, here ... 


... where you can also find a suggestion for how to take effective action to defend against these restrictions on public commerce and intellectual freedom. 


Bill Bryant
President, Greater OKC Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA


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