NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson has once again invoked the Tea Party to criticize his opponent in the race for Westchester County Executive.
In a statement lauding Barack Obama's speech this week in which the President outlined new limits on energy production he intends to enforce through executive orders, Bramson called on Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to renew Westchester’s membership in ICLEI, an international organization created under and operating within a United Nations system to advance Agenda 21
"The Astorino administration…withdrew Westchester’s membership in the preeminent municipal and county organization devoted to combating climate change, because of wild conspiracy theories popular with the Tea Party," said Bramson.
Bramson recently accepted the endorsement of the founder of the Westchester Tea Party.
"To reinvigorate our regional efforts to combat climate change, Mr. Astorino should renew Westchester’s membership in ICLEI right now," he continued.
Westchester County has not been a member of ICLEI since December 31, 2011.
Under former County Executive Andy Spano, Westchester County utilized ICLEI software in 2005 to conduct a study of greenhouse gases ("GHG"), joined ICLEI in 2007 and produced an ICLEI-inspired Climate Action Plan in 2008 which recommended that all municipalities in Westchester County join ICLEI.
Talk of the Sound has reported exclusively on Astorino's decision to terminate Westchester's Membership in ICLEI in 2010.
Astorino says he made the decision shortly after being elected.
“When we came into office we reviewed all of the associations to which the County belonged," said Ned McCormack, chief spokesman for Astorino. "We determined that ICLEI was not an essential service and we dropped the membership".
In 2012, Astorino was asked about ICLEI by New Rochelle contributor John D'Alois:
[Astorino] asked how the County came to withdraw from ICLEI. Astorino answered that after his appearance on the Sean Hannity show he was flooded with emails about the central planning and zoning by the UN. The funding for ICLEI was stopped.
In his statement, Bramson claims "many essential steps require action at the national and international level.
Agenda 21 is the United Nations action plan to implement "sustainable development" globally. The term "sustainable development" was coined in 1987 in a UN report and is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". The term "needs" refers particularly to the world's poor to which overriding priority should be given; and
the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.
The core idea is that OECD nations must make massive transfers of wealth and technology to third world nations.
The idea is driven by the belief that, in particular the American way of life -- single family homes on privately-owned lots, personal automobiles, consumption of meat and so on -- uses up a disproportionate share of the earth's resources and must be eliminated.
ICLEI and its supporters have long sought to dispel what it labels "conspiracy theories" circulated about ICLEI and Agenda 21 that it is part of a global system under the auspices of the United Nations to take away property rights and lessen the sovereignty of the United States.
In recently published FAQ on its web site, ICLEI describes its role as part of the United Nations system to advance Agenda 21.
FAQ: ICLEI, the United Nations, and Agenda 21
- ICLEI is one of many NGOs recognized by the U.N. to provide input into these processes.
- ICLEI is the "Local Authority Major Group Co-Organizing Partner" for Rio+20 and the "Local Government and Municipal Authority Focal Point" for UNFCCC climate change negotiations.
- ICLEI acts as a bridge between local governments and UN processes.
In describing its role in authoring Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, known as "Local Agenda 21" ILCEI says it "served the role of technical representative for a range of local government organizations, including the International Union of Local Authorities, the United Towns Organization, Metropolis, and others. ICLEI took input from these organizations regarding their key positions in areas pertinent to local government, such as urban development, water resources, and waste management, and presented these positions to UN representatives and national government representatives, who included them into the final text."
ICLEI proponents often attempt to present ICLEI as a benign, non-profit membership organization staffed by eager young do-gooders who distribute pamphlets on the environment, host webinars on various green initiatives and provide software for cataloguing the level of carbon emissions in a local area. Connections to the United Nations and Agenda 21 are dismissed as "conspiracy theories".
It is a fact, however, that ICLEI was founded in 1990 at its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, which was convened at the United Nations in New York in September 1990. ICLEI wrote what became Chapter 28: Local Agenda 21 of Agenda 21. Agenda 21, also known as the Rio Accords, is a "comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups" which was adopted by 180 nations at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). UNCED, also known as the Rio Summit, Rio Conference, or Earth Summit, was a major United Nations conference held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in 1992, based on Chapter 38 of Agenda 21, to serve as a high level forum on sustainable development and has acted as the preparatory committee for summits and sessions on the implementation of Agenda 21. The United Nations will convene, Rio + 20, the next UNCSD summit, in June of this year, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UNCED. Rio+20 is "a joint endeavour of the entire UN System" including ICLEI,a UN-certified NGO as part of that UN System.
ICLEI's web site states:
The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, the birthplace of the Local Agenda 21 movement. Initiated by ICLEI, it has inspired thousands of local governments and communities worldwide to put in place local strategies and actions for sustainable development. [emphasis added]
The organization was originally called "International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives" then changed its name to "ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability" and then, more recently to, ICLEI-USA. Critics have long contended that simply adding "USA" to its name is not going to change the fact that ICLEI is an international organization created under the auspices of the UN as the local implementation arm of Agenda 21.
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All About ICLEI: Part I - The Mayor's Speech
All About ICLEI: Part II - The ICLEI Pilot Program
All About ICLEI: Part III - The Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation
All About ICLEI: Part IV - United Nations Economic and Social Council & Agenda 21
All About ICLEI: Part V - Placing New Rochelle Under United Nations Mandates
All About ICLEI: Part VI - Anthropogenic Global Warming
All About ICLEI: Part VII - Sustained Development".