National Resources are no longer National

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

In June this year, the German government issued the Press Release shown below, relating to the UN Convention on Biodiversity, which is another product of Maurice Strong’s UNEP/Agenda 21 from the 1992 Earth Summit. The Press Release relates to a UN Conference on Bio-Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010, which was widely reported in the media, but with minimal detail and little public interest, because all the talk was of the forthcoming UNFCCC COP16 event in Cancun, Mexico.

This is how major advances are made by the UN, in their drive for global governance. Conferences and meetings on all sorts of issues are held almost monthly and each country sends its representatives to agree on measures which the average member of the public will not be aware of until it impacts them directly. Whilst ostensibly to protect the rights of “indigenous peoples”, if new genetic resources, such as medicinal plants were to be discovered in, say, the Amazon, the implications are widespread and effectively it says genetic resources are no longer the property of an individual nation, they are “World Property”, to be administered by the UN. If anyone accessed them without UN sanction, they would be guilty of “Bio-Piracy”. How much closer to global governance can you get than this?

Germany signs UN Protocol against Biopiracy   24.06.2011

“Yesterday in New York, Germany signed the Nagoya Protocol. The Protocol supplements the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). For Germany this is the first important step towards implementing this new instrument of international law.

The Nagoya Protocol aims to bindingly regulate access to genetic resources worldwide. The focus is in particular on access to as yet undiscovered or untapped genetic resources such as still unknown medicinal plants from rain forest regions.

The Nagoya Protocol will create an internationally reliable framework geared towards facilitating access to such resources for researchers, companies and other users.

At the same time the Protocol provides for fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of these resources between users and the counties of origin. For this purpose users and the countries of origin will mutually agree binding benefit sharing conditions for both sides, and thus prevent so-called biopiracy at the same time. This could mean profit sharing, sharing of research results or revenues from licenses.

The Nagoya Protocol also provides for the protection of so-called traditional knowledge. Traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources held by indigenous communities must only be accessed with the prior and informed consent or approval and involvement of these communities in benefit-sharing.

The Protocol is the result of years of international negotiations; (how many people know about it?) it was adopted at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan) in October 2010. Germany was joined by other signatories – the EU and other EU member states. Signing constitutes the starting point of a complex implementation process including the transposition of the Protocol commitments into German or EU legislation. The Protocol will enter into force three months after it is ratified by fifty countries.”

A side event at last October’s Nagoya conference was organised by the supra-national legislators group Globe International , who issued their own declaration. People Like Ed Markey and Nancy Pelosi are involved with this group and they have been addressed by President Obama when a senator and by Senator John McCain. Globe president is a former UK Conservative environment minister, John Gummer, now Lord Deben. (UK peerages are now handed out for loyalty to the party or for services rendered).

Nagoya Declaration on Parliamentarians and Biodiversity 26 10 10 FINAL

“We, the Parliamentarians participating in the GLOBE & CBD Parliamentarians and Biodiversity Forum held on the occasion of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Nagoya, Japan, on 25th – 26th Oct 2010,

  • Regret the failure by the international community to meet the 2010 biodiversity target at a global level and within our own countries and regions
  • Express our deep concern at the continuing acceleration of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and the far-reaching environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts of this, despite the scientific evidence to support action and the availability of policy tools to halt these trends.
  • Recognise the essential role of parliamentarians in influencing the decisions of governments and translating the consensus reached internationally into tangible actions at the national level, giving environmental issues a more prominent position in their domestic political mainstream, integrating it more closely into the national policy-making and legislative processes and in particular into budgetary frameworks.
  • Call for a transition to a new global economy where the true values of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital are carefully integrated into policy making processes at all levels of government, the private sector and civil society, as proposed in the GLOBE Natural Capital Action Plan

You can find out much more about Globe International in this SPPI paper: “United Socialist Nations – Progress on Global Governance via Climate Change, Sustainability and Bio-Diversity.

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/un_progress_governance_via_climate_change.html

We are sleep walking into a world of UN control, led by our own politicians.

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