Agenda 2030 will not impose eating insects, car bans, or global dictatorship
The satirical meme shows World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab pointing to a list of “policies” under the heading “Agenda 2030.”
The list reads: Net zero carbon, no fossil fuels, no gasoline cars, no jobs, no electricity, no borders, no meat, eating insects, unaffordable green energy, endless blackouts, dictatorship of the UN and WHO.
As we wrote before, the 2030 Agenda is a real set of goals developed by the United Nations. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the agenda states any of the ideas mentioned in the Facebook post.
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development refers to a plan approved by 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015.
It includes 17 goals with global goals such as reducing inequality, eliminating world hunger, and ensuring everyone has access to clean energy.
The agenda does not include legally binding policies, and was instead described as a “social contract” at the World Economic Forum’s Open Forum in 2016.
Each country is tasked with developing its own national framework for implementing the goals.
“Implementation and success will depend on each country’s sustainable development policies, plans and programmes,” the UN website says.
There is no evidence that the goals set in the 2030 Agenda will impose any of the policies mentioned in the cartoon.
In the 49-page document, the terms “carbon,” “borders,” “insects,” or “power outages” do not appear. There are also no references to banning cars powered by gasoline, fossil fuels or meat.
Instead, there are clear details of “universal access to affordable and reliable energy services,” which contradicts the claims in the Facebook post about “unaffordable energy,” “no electricity” and “permanent power outages.” Infinity”.
The agenda acknowledges that fossil fuels will still be essential in 2030 and sets targets to “rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” and make fossil fuel technology cleaner.
Instead of replacing meat with insects, the agenda aims to double agricultural productivity. This specifically includes meat production, referring to pastoralists and hunters and the importance of preserving the genetic diversity of “domesticated and farmed animals.”
Full Fact previously wrote about false claims that the World Economic Forum published an article saying that not wanting to eat insects is racist. The insect claim in the Facebook post may be based on similar misinformation. However, the 2030 Agenda makes no mention of eating insects.
On borders and jobs, the 2030 Agenda calls for international cooperation on “safe, orderly and regular migration,” as well as “decent work for all” with particular support for youth employment and women’s economic empowerment. There is no indication of the end of functions or boundaries.
The final claim in the cartoon shared on Facebook is that Agenda 2030 is a means to achieve the dictatorship of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization is a United Nations agency focused on global health.
The 2030 Agenda does not include any reference to global sovereignty and says that “democracy, good governance and the rule of law”, at the national and international levels, are essential for sustainable development.
Reuters also notes that the UN website states that the 2030 Agenda goals result from “two years of extensive public consultation and engagement with civil society and other stakeholders around the world, which paid particular attention to the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable.”
This “dictatorship” claim may be linked to a conspiracy theory that has been circulating since the United Nations released its 2021 Agenda in 1992, which served as a precursor to the 2030 Agenda.
The conspiracy theory claims that the UN development agenda aims to create a “new world order” that includes a single cashless currency, 5G surveillance, government-owned and controlled schools, colleges and universities, and the end of single-family homes.
Full Fact has previously examined concerns about linking Agenda 2030 to Covid-19 and the “enslavement of humanity.”
There is no evidence that the agenda has a broader policy to harm humanity. These allegations can create mistrust in public institutions and affect the way people choose to engage with society.
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