Governor urged to dump Agenda 21

Posted 7/11/2011

from Freedom 21's newsletter of July 8, 2011


The Honorable Susana Martinez
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dear Governor Martinez:

Madam, the purpose of this letter is to bring to your immediate attention an issue of great importance to citizens of New Mexico and indeed the nation. Following the references, you will find a list of individuals and groups in support of this request that you issue a directive to all State and local governments advising terminations of membership in the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES – LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY (ICLEI) .

As an example, on March 7, 2011 the City Council of Las Cruces, New Mexico adopted Resolution No. 11-182: A Resolution to Adopt a Sustainability Action Plan (1). This Resolution authorized membership in ICLEI with a yearly fee of $1,200.00. The ICLEI membership list (2) includes over 600 City and County governments across the United States. As of June 21, 2011 ICLEI lists the following New Mexico City and County governments as Members:

Cimarron, Las Cruces, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Silver City, and Taos.

The ICLEI Charter (3) indicates that it acts as an arm of the United Nations (U.N.) ICLEI (4) was founded at the 1990 World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the U.N. in New York.

ICLEI’s International Goals (5) include facilitating local governments in the adoption and implementation of United Nations Foreign Policies initiatives that the United States Congress has not approved. Most significant of these are:

Agenda 21
The Rio Conventions
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification
The Habitat Agenda
Millennium Development Goals
Johannesburg Plan of Implementation

ICLEI and the U.N. have disregarded the U.S. Congress and the Constitution of the United States by officially recognizing cities and local governments as “governmental stakeholders” at the recent U.N. climate talks in Cancun (6).

ICLEI stated that “Local governments have to deal with the (climate change) problem…whether there is a global agreement between national governments or not”.

ICLEI has cited “The influence of elections and new governments…” as obstacles to be overcome in the success of implementing Agenda 21 (7).

ICLEI itself references its association with the U.N. and the advancement of Agenda 21 with this quotation from its web site:

“During the Local Government Session at the World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa (August 2002) local government leaders from around the world, as well as representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDEP) , United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-HABITAT and the World Health Organization (WHO), joined ICLEI in launching Local Action 21 as the next phase of Local Agenda 21 (LA21)”(8).

ICLEI further reveals its mission to implement Agenda 21 at the local level with this: “The number of cities and towns embracing Local Agenda 21 planning is continuing to grow as…regional and international campaigns supporting Local Agenda 21 practices recruit cities and towns worldwide (8)”.

The U.N. influence has also infiltrated the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) which is actively training managers in Smart Growth and Sustainable Development policies which stem directlyfrom Agenda 21 and the CBD. The United States Constitution delegates to the U.S. Senate ONLY the authority to promulgate and implement foreign policy initiatives which are approved by the Congress.

I respectfully request that you, as Governor of New Mexico, direct Attorney General Gary King to review this issue in light of Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution: “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance or Confederation…”. As local governments are political subdivisions of the State, they are bound by the same prohibition.

Pursuant to this, a directive should be issued to all State Agencies and to all New Mexico local governments advising the immediate termination of any affiliation with ICLEI and to cease and desist in any initiative related to ICLEI and the above mentioned U.N. initiatives which the
Congress of the United States have not adopted..

This letter is the work product of several individuals. Mr. Jim Harbison contributed extensive research and documentation. Copies of this letter will be provided to our New Mexico State Legislators and local governments.

Thank you for your attention to this major issue.

Janet T. White

(1) Las Cruces City Council, March 7, 2011, Unfinished Agenda Item 10, Resolution No. 11-182: A Resolution to Adopt a Sustainability Action Plan

(2) ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Member List

(3) ICLEI Charter:

(4), Web page: ABOUT ICLEI:


(6) UN (COP16) climate talks in Cancun

(7) Global Implementation of Local Agenda 21, Mary Patterson, ICLEI, Director of Development:

(8) ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability and the U.N. Connection

(9) United Nations ICLEI and The City of Spokane, Edwin X. Berry PH.D

(10) United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/236 Implementation of Agenda 21

(11) How Smart Growth Exacerbated the international Financial Crisis, Wendel Cox

(12) The Smart Growth Fraud, Michael S. Coffman, PH.D

(13) Agenda 21, “The Wildlands Project” maps: Simulated Reserve and Corridor System to Protect Biodiversity, Environmental Perspectives Inc. Dr. Michael Coffman, PH.D

Citizens and groups, from across the State of New Mexico, in support of this request:
Susie Juras
John Muyos
Dorsey Glenn
Gene Crouch
Mary Bates
William S. English
Joe and Annette Price
Dennis and Loretta Worthington
Jeffrey Worthington
Barry and Barbara Stewart
Greg Sowards
Bob La Rosa
David Kellum
Janet Cooper
Fred Huff
Julie and O.L. Adcock
Nivian Crews
Marcia Stirman
Wanda McCaslin
Jim Clower
Hans Steinhoff
Joseph and Karen Green
Ronald G. Frankinberger
Ronnie and Beverly Merritt
Jess and Lynn Carey
John Gordon
Rod and Carol Beckett
Kim Runyan – High Plains Patriots
Jeannie Coates – Hobbs Tea Party
Kathleen Phillips-Helman
Kate Robertson
James Sumrow
Dusty Alexander
Jean Ann Killer
Tina Kincaid
Stacy W. LeBrun
Donald B. LeBrun
Thomas J. LeBrun
Robert W. LeBrun
Marge G. Harp
David Herrell
Winfred McRee
Paula Devlin
Donna Courson
Sharon Livingston
Jim Baruch
Mary Ann Baruch
Don Omey
Brad Rasch
Wayne G. Ebaugh
Troy Rowell
Jerry Clark – Las Cruces Sons of Liberty
Robin Dunn
Aubrey Dunn, Jr.
Thomas McKean USAF Ret.*