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Exclusive Report!Further Reading: United Nations
REPORTS 2006:  Oct. 25    Oct. 27
United Nations Meeting, Paris, France 
Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams reporting from Paris, France.
Oct. 25, 2006
The U.S. rejoined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in 2004, more than 20 years ago after former President Reagan's departure. Even so, the U.S. is not a member of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere, MAB program, which is being discussed this week in Paris, France.

The U.S. UNESCO ambassador is attending this conference, nonetheless, in order to steer the bureaucracy toward America's endearment to our U.S. Constitutional private property rights.

Your tax dollars are not funding MAB mischief due to the strong influence of Sovereignty International, Inc. and the U.S. House Committee on Resources Chairman Congressman Richard Pombo, R-CA.

Discussions at this conference surround 483 biosphere reserves in 102 countries. The U.S. boasts the largest number of biosphere reserves with 47, Russia with 37 and Spain ranks third with 33.

Biosphere reserves, according to a children's book produced by UNESCO, "are special places where animals, plants and the places they live in are protected." The book teaches children that humans have "cut down forests, changed the course of rivers [and] contaminated waters. Some places have changed so much that the plants and animals in them are suffering and in many cases they are disappearing forever." The book's primary purpose is to teach children that biosphere reserves exist to protect land and animals from humans, which may be why 40% of the biosphere reserves are in mountainous regions where few, if any, people live.

UNESCO prescribes biosphere reserves as the remedy for "suffering" caused by humans. Biosphere reserves consist of a core area, which are off limits to humans; a buffer zone, which can be used for education and nature friendly tourism; and a transition area in which humans may live if they take an active role in land management and protection, which consists of "criteria" and "conditions" established by the United Nations in two major treaties: the Convention on Biological Diversity and Agenda 21. Neither treaty has been approved by the U.S. Constitution's requirement of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.

The children's book describes the UN's "criteria" and "conditions" as replacing industrial jobs with "sustainable development" jobs such as nature friendly tourism and handicrafts. "Sustainable development" was presented in a film shown to conferees during the UNESCO MAB meeting in Paris. It showed an acceptable industry in a biosphere reserve as a man harvesting a tree and then loading it onto his donkey. In contrast, America's superb logging industry, which harvests trees in such a way to protect them from forest fires and then replants trees after harvesting, would ironically not be a model of the UN's "sustainable development."

One can logically conclude that the UN's "criteria" and "conditions" create burdensome bureaucratic morasses, which are counterproductive to the UN's stated endeavor to protect flora and fauna. Costa Rica's representative affirmed this conclusion commenting that on their properties, which are not designated as biosphere reserves, they are accomplishing "sustainable development" without the burdensome framework of the MAB program. The UNESCO biosphere reserve designation and MAB program were unnecessary at best and at worst slowed down environmentally healthy development.

Americans must reckon that the U.S. Constitution's assurance of private property rights allows the highest and best use for the land, as it provides the utmost protection for the environment. The UN's "criteria" and "conditions" can never achieve such successes.

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