From January 14th-18th UN member countries met in Nairobi to begin negotiating the details of the Global Pact for the Environment. Initially agreed to by the Turnbull government, now being supported by the Morrison government, environmental activists, legal experts, and globalists, are hoping the Pact will address ‘gaps’ in global law, and eventually result in binding global laws which will enforce the provisions of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. There is even a suggestion that these laws be made ‘non-regressive’ or irreversible, irrespective of scientific or democratic considerations.
The outcome of this first meeting was rather inconclusive, and like many UN meetings, the main decision was to have another meeting to resolve differences, no doubt a very disappointing outcome for globalists. Australian taxpayers were well represented, although Australia expressed no concern about ensuring our democratic national laws prevail against the dictates of foreign agencies such as the UN. To the contrary, Australia was mainly concerned that global laws impacting Australia should not be reversed or weakened in any way. Not sure if Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten will be taking this issue to the people.
Also representing Australian interests was a group called ‘The Common Home of Humanity‘, of which Will Steffen is the Scientific Committee Co-chair. Will Steffen’s group emphasised the need for ‘Earth System’ governance and global laws based upon ‘the principle of the common heritage of mankind’ (CHM). Core features of CHM include:
- “No state or person can own common heritage spaces or resources (the principle of non-appropriation). They can be used but not owned, as they are a part of the international heritage (patrimony) and therefore belong to all humankind… … When CHM applies to areas and resources within national jurisdiction, exercise of sovereignty is subject to certain responsibilities to protect the common good.
- The use of common heritage shall be carried out in accordance with a system of cooperative management for the benefit of all humankind, i.e., for the common good… … . This provides a basis for limiting public or private commercial benefits and prioritizing distribution to others, including developing states (intragenerational equity between present generations of humans).
- CHM shall be reserved for peaceful purposes (preventing military uses).
- CHM shall be transmitted to future generations in substantially unimpaired condition (protection of ecological integrity and inter-generational equity between present and future generations of humans).”
Sounds like global ideological interests are well represented, like at all other UN conferences and agreements.
All we need is for the people to be granted a say.