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UN Habitat III – Day One

October 19, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Day 1 from the UN’s Habitat III conference in Quito.

This is how the UN have summarised its purpose.

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.


CFACT’s senior policy analyst, Bonner Cohen writes:


In a world repeatedly described as under threat from innumerable challenges, including income inequality, inadequate urban infrastructure, discrimination against minorities of every stripe, and climate change, participants at the UN’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador were told that comprehensive planning aimed at densely concentrating people in urban areas offered the best way  forward to a “sustainable” future.

Addressing Habitat III on the conference’s first day, Serge Salat, director of the Urban Morphology Lab in France, said compact cities with residents living as close as possible to public transportation should be the goal of urban planners. He noted that ready access to public transportation would mean residents would no longer need cars to take them to work and recreation. This, he added, would make forward-looking cities leaders in the fight against climate change. Salat’s panel at Habitat III discussed green solutions to climate change and other urban problems. Salat, it should be noted is an adviser to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Creating Open Spaces and Wild Areas

According to Salat, the city all should embrace as a role model is Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm, he noted, has created open space “buffer zones” – essentially parkland – running all through it. Just beyond the open space are areas set aside for wildlife, what he termed “wilderness corridors.” With few exceptions, the only place where residential and commercial property is available is in Stockholm proper.

In other words, by making land off limits for people to live and work, they will have little choice but to settle in densely populated urban areas. If parents prefer raising a family in a suburban environment, they will have to think again. Under this scheme, central planners will stack the deck in favor of compact cities.


The New Urban Agenda and the World’s Poor

Welcome to Habitat III’s “New Urban Agenda.” UN functionaries, green NGOs, and their allies in national governments want to see this top-down, globalized agenda imposed around the world.

During an opening of the Habitat III plenary session, speakers constantly said that the world’s poor are “the most vulnerable.” They’re right. But what they refuse to see is that their schemes will put the poor at even greater risk. Limiting the amount of land that is available for homes drives up the cost of housing. Promoting unreliable and unaffordable renewable energy drives up the cost of electricity. In both cases, it’s the poor who end up on the short end of the stick.

  1. Philip Walling permalink
    October 19, 2016 10:19 am

    Who is going to work the land? And where will they live? And whose land will it be?
    Marxism didn’t die with the demise of Soviet Russia, it escaped and is burgeoning in the once free world.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      October 19, 2016 12:20 pm

      True, communism did not die with the USSR, the UN took it on helped by the EU

  2. October 19, 2016 10:39 am

    This sustainability BS is now being written into trade agreements such as TTIP, and no doubt into international standards, I suggest a long period of Brexit-induced self sufficiency for the UK, which will require the defeat of the carbon-capturing wildlife-friendly version of farming that the BBC are currently campaigning hard for.

  3. Mike Jackson permalink
    October 19, 2016 11:08 am

    “drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government “.

    Oh dear!

    • Dave Ward permalink
      October 19, 2016 6:24 pm

      What the hell are “urban actors”???

      • markl permalink
        October 19, 2016 6:30 pm


    • catweazle666 permalink
      October 19, 2016 9:45 pm

      Ye Gods…

  4. David Richardson permalink
    October 19, 2016 11:18 am

    Well of course you right Paul about the effect that their policies will have on the world’s poor – but they are not interested in the world’s poor, but understand that some “virtue signalling” on the topic is necessary to keep some of the foot soldiers on-board with the plan.

    An interesting article in the Telegraph a few weeks back by William Hague. One of the type that tells you what you already knew really, but you hadn’t fully grasped it, but now you were forced to contemplate the reality. He makes the point that the western democratic world has, for 50 years or more, thought that its world view would inevitably prevail, but it was becoming almost certain that we have lost. We have arrogantly thought the world’s people would desire our model but a few minutes surveying today world order calls that into stark relief.

    AND then you realise that real democracy is all but dead in the western world anyway – everything will be top down determined and the little people like us just ignored.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 19, 2016 12:41 pm

      Hague speaks as one of the elite that got a punch in the face from Brexit. In the Article 50 High Court case the elite believe that MPs are elected to Parliament for their knowledge and so must be allowed to decide for us. Given that the majority of MPs are content to remain shackled to the EU, the majority of their electorate didn’t. And when it comes to knowledge, sadly most MPs are so stupid they are lucky the breathing function is automatic. Brexit just amplifies this as they stand up to display their ignorance for all to see aided by the legacy media who are equally clueless. That is why in our post Brexit world we need to return the power to the people and prevent MPs from ever signing away our independence again. And we need a right of recall to be able to remove sitting MPs who transgress or get things wrong.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        October 19, 2016 6:54 pm

        Thank you for that rant, Gerry.

        “In our post-Brexit world” this is one of the few havens of calm, intelligent discussion that does not, after half-a-dozen posts, degenerate into yet another series of insults directed at politicians, ex-politicians, the media, and anyone who does not subscribe lock, stock and barrel to whichever version of Brexit happens to be dish of the day.

        Why not go and read Hague’s article and learn something (which you may well disagree with) then come back and discuss it calmly and rationally? And preferably without raking over the Brexit coals, yet again!

      • catweazle666 permalink
        October 19, 2016 10:06 pm

        “Thank you for that rant, Gerry.”

        The way things are going, it looked quite measured to me.

        As to insulting politicians, ex-politicians and the media, one of the main reasons for the triumph of Brexit – and the progressively increasing likelihood of a Trump victory in the USA – was precisely the displeasure of a huge proportion of the voting public with the patronising we-know-best supercilious attitude of that self-elected “intellectual elite” and their habit of riding rough-shod over the wishes, beliefs and feelings of the people whose interests they purport to represent. That’s why they were awarded the metaphorical equivalent of a good smack in the mouth, Cameron for example couldn’t have been more discountenanced if he’d copped a real one.

        For a fine example of this, just look at the furore concerning the importing of fourteen-going-on-forty “children” from Calais in this country, Frau Merkel’s massive miscalculation in Germany, and the dire situation whereby Sweden, once the safest, most law-abiding country on Earth, has over a period of little more than a decade achieved the dreadful distinction of the rape capital of the World.

        Calmness and rationality may be all very well in calm and rational times (if there ever any such), but the way things are going, vast chunks of the population are abandoning them, because those in authority don’t take any notice of them.

        So, if that’s what ‘calm, intelligent discussion’ gets you, perhaps it’s time we tried something else, because it sure as Hell doesn’t seem to be working.

  5. Adam Gallon permalink
    October 19, 2016 11:49 am

  6. Mr GrimNasty permalink
    October 19, 2016 12:07 pm

    I just have this strange feeling that the ruling elite will not be living in the ‘compact cities’, but in opulent mansions set in acres of wilderness.

  7. October 19, 2016 12:15 pm

    It’s long past time the UN was defunded and disbanded (along with many other unelected bureaucracies).

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 19, 2016 12:53 pm

      Donald in the White House may be able to help achieve this by cutting funding.

  8. October 19, 2016 1:00 pm

    Cities hav

    • October 19, 2016 1:04 pm

      Cities have evolved the way they need to evolve and they don’t need clueless incompetent UN bureaucrats to tell them how to evolve.

      • Russ Wood permalink
        October 20, 2016 10:23 am

        I visited Frankfurt-am-Main a few years ago. Now, THAT is dense! But – 15 minutes tram ride away is a huge forest preserve. A city has to grow that way, not be forced by idiological idiots.

  9. NeilC permalink
    October 19, 2016 1:29 pm

    “Just beyond the open space are areas set aside for wildlife, what he termed “wilderness corridors”

    Yup they’ll be having prats like George M re-wilding with sabre tooth tigers and mammoths soon. Brought to life from stroed DNA.

  10. markl permalink
    October 19, 2016 3:46 pm

    This reeks of Agenda 21. From what I read it’s already being implemented in New Zealand which will be the “model urbanization plan”. While we were busy progressing the UN was using our money earned through Democracy and Capitalism to destroy us and build a Socialist world.

  11. A C Osborn permalink
    October 19, 2016 4:41 pm

    I do not for a moment consider this this to be either Socialist or Communist.
    This is strictly “Elitist”, a wider scale version of Despotic ruling.
    The only money that will be re-distributed is that of the Working & Middle Classes.
    The world will be completely ruled by the Richest 1%.
    And make no mistake if it is allowed to happen that ruling will be with an Iron Fist and absolutely no recourse to courts and Democracy.
    You only need to read the various UN Charters and EU Fiscal Laws to see whre this is going.

  12. October 19, 2016 4:50 pm

    ‘…drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.’

    Corporate management-speak at its dismal worst. Urban ghettoes designed by the UN – yuk.

  13. Bloke down the pub permalink
    October 19, 2016 5:25 pm

    Density of occupation is dependent on land price. Sprawling third world cities aren’t that way because of central planning, however much it may seem that way.

  14. Mike Jackson permalink
    October 19, 2016 7:13 pm

    I’m trying to remember how many SF books, films, TV this reminds me of.

    Blake’s Seven for starters, parts of Asimov’s Foundation, Fahrenheit 451, the occasional episode of Star Trek, 1984 of course, Logan’s Run.

    The end result is always Big Brother in control and the serfs herded into living units barely big enough to stand up in. We don’t believe it can happen because it is so far removed from everything we understand and we believe everyone else understands.

    The extent to which the climatologists and their enthusiastic supporters refuse to engage is only a symptom. They are simply the tip of the iceberg. The UN will continue to plough on because it self-replicates. No-one who doesn’t subscribe to the Narrative gets a seat on the train! And their opinions are treated as the natural order of things and alternative views are brushed aside as being meaningless.

    What we are being threatened with can happen if only because we believe it can’t!

    • Philip Walling permalink
      October 19, 2016 8:01 pm

      But the truth will prevail and these people will not succeed if only because they will run out of other people’s money.

  15. Shooter permalink
    October 19, 2016 9:38 pm

    I wonder if the man who wrote the original report doesn’t realize that even to build ‘green’ cities, the materials have to be mined, which releases emissions, and that transport is still needed if the raw materials have to be taken to the inner city for production. It’s like this guy dreamed of Barbieland, or something.

  16. RAH permalink
    October 20, 2016 4:00 am

    Globalists and collectivists united in their efforts to plot to subjugate the free and garner their wealth.

  17. October 20, 2016 12:33 pm

    markl is correct.It is AG21 being pushed forward to achieve the aim of elitist World Govt.
    Maybe Brexit has scared them.It has certainly upset the AG21 supporters in the British Govt. We know who they are now.

  18. October 20, 2016 7:51 pm

    “residents living as close as possible to public transportation should be the goal of urban planners.”
    Why ?
    Just make it so everyone can walk to job, school, hospital ..Building more and more public transport encourages people to keep zooming from one end of the city to the other.

    Problem with that is doesn’t make much money with train and bus systems to sell.

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