Science, government, and business leaders say achieving SDGs requires digital governance

[Note: Seems a little ominous~cr]

Experts release a statement on eve of UN talks that calls for the governing of the digital sector to support transformations to a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world

FUTURE EARTH

Montreal — On the eve of UN talks to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an international group of distinguished business, government, and science leaders say we cannot achieve a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world without ensuring a secure, safe, and trusted internet for all.

The SDGs set out a transformative agenda that aims to simultaneously end poverty, address environmental decline, and reduce inequalities, all by 2030. But it missed setting a goal for governing perhaps the most powerful force defining humanity’s future: the digital age.

In a joint Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age the experts argue that tackling the climate crisis and achieving broader sustainability goals is indivisible from creating a secure, equitable, and trusted digital world; these are all one interconnected agenda. And they outline five near-term, cross-cutting actions that can enable rapid and widespread societal transformations to a low-carbon, secure and equitable future. This lays the foundation for what could define a much needed action agenda for a new SDG on governing the digital world in support of people and planet.

Developed with the support of leading research and philanthropy organizations from four countries – Canada, the UK, France, and the USA – the statement unites voices of digital and sustainability experts working at the intersection of technology, sustainability and policy. It is released as the UN’s high-level political forum prepares to meet virtually July 7-16th to launch a Decade of Action toward the 17 SGDs and assess the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The statement will be discussed during a side-event at the forum on July 9, exploring collaborative action for digital capacity building to implement the UN’s 2030 SDG Agenda.

The statement calls for:

  • Developing a social contract for the digital age, to ensure individual rights, justice and equity, inclusive access, and environmental sustainability;
  • Ensuring open and transparent access to data and knowledge critical to achieving sustainability and equity;
  • Building public and private collaborations to develop and manage AI and other technologies in support of sustainability and equity;
  • Investing in research and innovation that focuses on transdisciplinary challenges and opportunities underlying the systems that are maintaining our unsustainability; and
  • Promoting targeted communication, engagement and education to advance the social contract.

The statement was conceived and initially formulated at a September 2019 workshop in Montreal, Canada, one of a series on AI & Society, funded by CIFAR in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), organized by Future Earth, the UK Office for AI, the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA), and CNRS.

The need for global cooperation in the digital realm was similarly underlined recently by the UN Secretary-General. In June, António Guterres released a roadmap for filling the digital governance gap, creating a foundation to effectively leverage digital tools to achieve broad sustainability goals, including climate change mitigation.

In parallel, the Montreal Statement is part of a new international initiative – Sustainability in the Digital Age – which seeks to support and strengthen the growing diversity of actors engaging with the interconnected digital and sustainability agendas.

The statement continues to be endorsed by innovators, researchers, and decision makers working at the interface of digital and environmental sustainability, committed to collaborating to drive change.

Endorse the statement here

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The statement was developed with funding from:

  • CIFAR
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Climateworks Foundation

Collaborators:

  • Future Earth
  • UN Environment Programme
  • UN Development Programme
  • UK Office for AI
  • German Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt)
  • The Observatory of Social Impacts on AI and Digital Technology
  • Element AI
  • Mila
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • CIO Strategy Council

Endorsements:

  • International Science Council
  • DNV GL
  • Concordia University
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Exponential Roadmap Initiative
  • Axionable

Collaborators and Endorsers reflect on the Montreal Statement

“Humanity today is interconnected through, and dependent on, both the digital and natural worlds. As a result, tackling the climate crisis and the broader sustainability agenda, and working toward a just equitable digital future are increasingly intertwined agendas. It is time to recognize the need to work toward a new SDG — SDG 18– focused on ensuring that the Digital Age supports people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnerships.”
– Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth. Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative

“We need to bet big on digital technologies, because they provide the kind of exponential transformative power needed to achieve the SDGs. We are making great progress applying digital technologies to help tackle sustainability challenges, but we are still not cooperating enough across the public and private sectors to drive the scale, speed and direction of change we need. The Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age outlines areas where we urgently need to take more collaborative action to govern the technology sector and build a digital ecosystem for people and planet.”
– David Jensen, Head of Environmental Peacebuilding, UN Environment Programme

“Digital technologies are a major force in driving the changes in both society and environment we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With COVID-19 disrupting economies, exacerbating inequalities and setting back developmental progress, countries with a stronger culture of innovation and more developed digital infrastructure have been able to mitigate the negative impacts of the crisis and set on the path to recovery quicker. Digital technology has shown the potential to be a development catalyst. The Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age sets out an important framework for collaboration to enable this important work.”
– Robert Opp, Chief Digital Officer, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

“As highlighted in this Montreal Statement, as the power of digital technologies such as AI increases, I believe that it becomes all the more important to set up social norms and encourage efforts towards both a wiser governance – to minimize misuse – and steering technological investments towards betterment of society – AI for social good, e.g. fighting climate change – rather than the additional concentration of wealth, power and inequity which is otherwise likely to follow, at the expense of sustainability and a just society.”
– Prof. Yoshua Bengio A.M. Turing Award, 2018; Scientific Director, Mila; Full professor, University of Montreal; Co-Founder, Element AI

“As the international community reflects on how we can respond to the pandemic in a way that puts us on a sustainable recovery track, we are recognizing the central role that the digital world will play. This makes the challenges of access, equity, and trust in the digital sector urgent, if we are to be able to steer its massive potential towards a path that will accelerate SDG achievement. The Montreal Statement provides a guide for collaboration and action to steer the digital revolution in support of human-centred, sustainable development.”
– Dirk Messner, President, German Environment Agency (UBA)

“The broader international science community is just beginning to explore the powerful opportunities and profound challenges of the digital age, both for science and for society. At the ISC we have adopted this as one of our four key domains of action. The Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age, outlines important areas of work that need to be pursued through the closer engagement of science with partners from policy and wider publics.”
– Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council (ISC)

“Here at BSC, we are committed to working with others to respond to this call to action. We are already doing work in several areas highlighted in the Montreal Statement using high performance computing and big data infrastructures to provide reliable climate services leading to resilient societies. We create public-private partnerships to provide stakeholders open and transparent access to data and knowledge.”
– Asun Lera St. Clair, Senior Advisor, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre – BSC DNVGL Digital Assurance

“Element AI firmly believes that we have a civic duty to contribute to environmental and social wellbeing, and as such we are proud to collaborate on the Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age, and will be active in our commitment to respond to the calls for action.”
– Anne Martel, Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Founder, Element AI

“I invite our leaders to take action on the Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age, elaborated under the leadership of Future Earth and in collaboration with many international partners. The development of digital innovations such as artificial intelligence, which transform our societies and can bring growth and progress, should be done in conjunction with the achievement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to create a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world.”
– Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec

“AI is transforming the way we live and work so it is critical that we act now to find solutions that promote trustworthiness, equity, inclusion and sustainability. Through CIFAR’s AI & Society program, we were pleased to support the international workshop that catalyzed some of the early work in the development of the Montreal Statement.”
– Rebecca Finlay, Vice President, Engagement & Public Policy, CIFAR.

“AI technologies have an unavoidable role to play in reducing global contributions to the climate crisis. By embracing the fourth industrial revolution we may consciously create a future for AI development that is fair and equitable for the planet. The Montreal Statement on Sustainability in the Digital Age outlines areas of collaboration needed to achieve this goal. The scale of disruption required to achieve net zero emissions requires a full transformation of our economies and societies, and must be embedded into national strategies if we are to match our words with actions. Having legislated for net zero, the UK is embracing the challenge and we continue on this path as a founding member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international and multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth.”
– Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Head of Office for Artificial Intelligence, UK

“As a host of Future Earth, Concordia University shares its vision through the work of researchers across a variety of fields who are driven by the conviction that technological innovation should provide opportunities for greater social respect and inclusion while lowering our ecological footprint. This work can play a key role in ensuring a digital future that is both informed by, and continuously advancing sustainable principles. The Montreal Statement is a consolidation of this vision and a welcome call for transformative action now.”
– Graham Carr, President, Concordia University

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Future Earth is an international research organization, collaborating with science and society on solutions to global sustainability challenges. It encompasses nearly 30 research-to-action networks, groups of scientists and practitioners around the world, studying the environmental and human aspects of global change. We help incorporate the latest scientific knowledge into decision-making, with a mission to accelerate transformations to sustainability through research and innovation.

Future Earth is governed by the International Science Council (ISC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), the World Meteorological Organization, and the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum.

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70 thoughts on “Science, government, and business leaders say achieving SDGs requires digital governance

  1. Theres a couple of things missing here,it doesn’t really matter what visions concordia has ,it seems to be missing the consent of the people, not a mention once, or perhaps that’s what they mean by digital technology’s
    They can Sensor and brainwash at the same time, by default so we all agree right. These people, or should we call them the reptilian race ,want total authoritarian control of the human race.

    • The Stalinist zombie scumbag race, I call ‘em.

      And remember kids: it’s not ad hominem if it’s true!

    • And reptilian race will fail endlessly, and monkeys will keep funding them order to watch them fail endlessly.
      Has anyone mentioned recently what great Job the UN is doing in keeping world peace?
      Or fantastic job WHO doing providing universal health care.
      Some people might imagine WHO has been a complete failure in regards to preventing a pandemic, but such people would be failing to understand this as imaginative and bold step towards providing universal health care.

      • I dident see the un helping Syria and all its ethnic minorities from being slaughtered, hang on when Russia and Turkey are involved the un takes a back seat, how well did the un do against the Islamic state? The un at the very best is allowed IN when the big boys say they can ,were was the un when the UK was attacked by Irish terrorists, or even on the streets of Belfast to keep the peace,

        • B d Clark
          Where was the UN and the WHO when the USA forced the 10 year embargo on Iraq that killed about 1 million primarily by stopping all medical supplies, and, leading up to the illegal invasion of Iraq facilitated by the UN in its own hall of corruption when Colin Powell lied through his teeth about WMD’s.
          Just saying.

    • I like this part: a secure, equitable, and trusted digital world…. It sounds so wunnafulla, doesn’t it?

      Yeah, I still have a typewriter, an IBM Selectric III and i can still get various type balls for it. It’s not all that hard to go with a land line for the phone, especially when you only use a phone to talk to other people miles away.

      I still pay my bills with checks and get a statement every month. Paying them over the net isn’t really safe any more.

      If the microwave dies, I can still cook on the stovetop and in the oven, or use one of my two crockpots, and I don’t use the microwave for much more than heating those last bowls of soup before I put the pot into the sink to wash it by hand.

      Frankly, I wouldn’t trust these busybodies any further than the bottom step on my front steps. They’re just a bunch of control freaks who think they can turn us all into zombies when they themselves are the zombie clan. It would be nice, wouldn’t it? if we could just tell them to get off the front steps and go sell their bananas some place else.

    • “…CENSOR and brainwash…”, but I get your point.

      They believe people are so stupid that there’s no point in trying to get consent…just rule them…By Whatever Means Necessary…believing it’s their Divine Right of Expertise and Technocracy to do so.

      At some level they seem to believe the “Pie” to be divided is finite, and that everything which can be invented, has been invented…no new technologies will come along to interfere with their plans.

      It’s the Zero Sum Game premise…for the Elite to Win, the Deplorable Plebes must lose…and at some other point in the not too distant future, they’ll conclude, sadly but with certainty born of “expertise”, that the population regrettably is too large and ungovernable, and of course, Unsustainable…

      Then like Stalin, they will decree the death of the unnecessary and ungovernable to make the Human race manageable, governable, and sustainable.

      I aim to Misbehave…

      • Yes they do believe people are stupid, I see it every time I question thier authority, thier responses range from denial,threats and soft blackmail,this is the philosophy in everyday life,arrogance “we are better than you” Particularly low level government, through to business, they do not like to be questioned , Concordia are unknown to the general public thier partners will in part sell this as AI the way forward to the masses ,who still dont seem to have the innate sense to know when thier being f over,

        As for misbehaving, already started.

  2. This latest stupid expert lot, should really get to a close chat with biggy AL the Gore, for some real insight on
    what all this wishful venture may really mean to them, ex-perts.

    cheers

    • I wonder if that “group of distinguished business, government, and science leaders” includes Mr. Mussolini, General Franco, Mr. Lenin, Mr. Stalin, Mr. Castro, Mr. Maduro, and Dr. Goebbels. I am avoiding names that would put me in moderation.

      • Just a couple of corrections to your list. First, it’s Dr. Castro, if you’re referring to Fidel. Ask Barbara Walters. Also, it’s “Generalissimo Francisco Franco – still dead.”

      • And they all meant well ?

        “The urge to save humanity is always a false front for an urge to rule it !” H.L. Mencken

  3. I see they intend to censor their way to ultimate power. There is no consent of the governed, only the will of the experts.

    • “I see they intend to censor their way to ultimate power.”

      That’s what it sounds like.

      They want everyone on the same page so they can do away with Free Enterprise and institute world socialism/authoritarianism.

      They are trying to promote themselves to Slave-Masters of the whole world. I wonder what their plan is for dividing the world up between the UN and the Chinese Communists? Or are they one and the same. Birds of a feather, stick together, type of thing.

  4. “Future Earth is an international research organization …..
    Future Earth is governed by the International Science Council …..”
    Future Earth zombie population will be digitally chipped (my wife’s cat has been for number of years) whereby your digi-code is your residential, health, banking, employment and many other services auto non intrusive gateway key.

    • When Orwell chose the title “1984” for his book, he wasn’t necessarily wrong. He was off by 36 years.

      • Or as I like to say, Orwell’s novel is supposed to be a work of fiction, not an instruction manual.

  5. “…..[W]e cannot achieve a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world without ensuring a secure, safe, and trusted internet for all.

    The SDGs set out a transformative agenda that aims to simultaneously end poverty, address environmental decline, and reduce inequalities, all by 2030. But it missed setting a goal for governing perhaps the most powerful force defining humanity’s future: the digital age….”

    When these people link climate change with social issues like equity, poverty alleviation, race and sustainability, it becomes painfully obvious to any thinking person familiar with the climate change issue that it has ceased to actually be about the science of the Earth’s climate.

    Now that the climate change scare has been linked with social issues, it becomes racist, elitist and cold-blooded to challenge the climate alarmist narrative with the science that questions it. Perhaps this is why govt bureaucrats and politicians in positions of power don’t seem to be willing to stand up to it and push back against it with science that challenges it, assuming they are aware that such science exists–Trump included.

    It is so obvious that U.N. bureaucrats have deeply allied themselves with leftist activists and ideologues, it would appear that one must be a hard leftist to have any shot at a high-level position at the U.N. Thus it is left for middle-of the-road or conservative govts at the national level to ponder to what degree they will ride the U.N. bandwagon or question its narratives.

    Those U.N. bureaucrats should be thrilled if the Democrats here in the U.S. win the White House and both Houses of Congress in November.

    • We already have complete censorship. Fake news on all but a couple of news outlets.

      Google searches are filtered. Youtube is censored. And so on.

      “ensuring a secure, safe, and trusted internet for all.”

      The last step is Big Brother will control what we are allowed to say and see on the internet.

      Covid was the excuse for the big internet controlling companies to start political censorship. Which means Big Brother has control, now of what we can see on their ‘channels’.

      • “We already have complete censorship. Fake news on all but a couple of news outlets.”

        WA:

        I have often been of the notion that it was what the MSM DON’T tell us rather than what do tell us. Censorship by omission of information or data (with climate change being a prime example) has always been a important tool of propagandizing and indoctrination. What the masses don’t know can’t hurt you, your power and your agenda.

        Yes, what they DO tell us could be far from correct at times as well. The MSM here in the U.S. don’t necessarily need the right to Freedom of the Press when they compromise journalistic principles of their own accord. It’s just a matter of who is doing the censoring–and why.

      • It sounds exactly like what China does!

        And if their morbid performance regarding the coronavirus is an indication, it is best we run from this global proposal by the UN as fast as possible!

        It has language similar to the Green New Deal, which really isn’t about the climate, but is intended to homogenize world governments into a totalitarian entity without representation or accountability!

        I vote No while voting is still an option!

        • Gee…why don’t they start by homogenizing all the european nations into on big uber country…call it a euro-peon union or something spiffy like that.

    • Excellent post; good synopsis.
      It appears that the mask is being removed and their true intentions are being revealed. They are becoming so bold as to be cocky and careless.

  6. I feel sorry for these misguided souls, ignorant of even the basic tenets of electromagnetic radiation and the role of greenhouse gasses as they actually operate in the real world, or they would never publicly expose their embarrassing incomprehension as they do.

  7. “ I believe that it becomes all the more important to set up social norms…”

    Am I going nuts? Who the hell gets to decide what these “norms” ought to be? It’s exactly what our public education systems are already attempting to do, with the “norm” being shiny new SJW clones. Ominous is right: the whole thing sounds like a conference of amateur social engineers trying to figure out how to use AI to oppress us.

    • ” the whole thing sounds like a conference of amateur social engineers trying to figure out how to use AI to oppress us.”

      That’s exactly what it is.

      But they are doing it for our own good, don’t you see. Or so they say.

      Yeah, they think they have it all figured out.

  8. > • Building public and private collaborations to develop and manage AI and other technologies in support of sustainability and equity;

    Building public and private collaborations to develop and manage AI and other technologies to enforce sustainability and equity;

    • That’s exactly how I read that. This is an example of AI being used for terrible purposes. Take what China does to its citizens and spread it all around the world, then understand that a comparatively small group of bureaucrats control the AI behavior.

  9. The reality is that based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the conclusion that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. This is all a matter of science. There is no evidence that the Internet and how it is managed has nay effect on climate. What they are saying is all propaganda.

    • If CO2 trapped heat in any capacity, you would not feel an almost 2 dozen drop in temp walking into shade or a cloud passing by.

      It got downright chilly during the eclipse, and I was not even directly under it!

  10. Wow! Here appears that Socialist Dream Theme again: “more equitable world”. This means that those “unwilling to work” still get the same salary as a company president. The tragedy here is that many millenials seem to believe this claptrap. Start with Global Warming, go to Chicom Virus, then BLM riots, there’s a disturbing trend here.

    • …from those according to their ability, to those according to their need!

      Where have we heard that idea before?

  11. A. I. Pigs eye. I am still waiting for the app that saves the user time instead of increasing it. These A. I. people seem to employ a lot of the same skills as computer modellers, namely exaggeration of benefits, minimization of risks, failure blindness, preoccupation with big government new world orders, a complete disconnect from actual challenges facing humanity (collapse of ocean fisheries, Chinese economic expansion) while obsessing over fantasy issues (global warming, Covids, plastic in the environment). Yep, with their track record in developing fantasy games, A. I. experts are just the people to come up with solutions to fantasy problems. (okay, I know that there have been profound improvements in robotics, I am still waiting for my inexpensive robot assembled car- the benefits are sure to trickle down any decade).

    • Another wicked solution (e.g. selective-child, one-child) to what they perceive to be a hard problem.

  12. Quick translation: “Give us more power. Give us more money. Give us all your stuff.”

  13. “Science, government, and business leaders say achieving SDGs requires digital governance”
    Digital Governance to support transformations to a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world will require Artificial Intelligence and Computer Monitoring on an order of magnitude greater than presently expended in the Crypto Mining effort. The number of internet nodes will need to be quadrupled, ten number of internet backbones will need to be quadrupled, the number of servers need to be increased by at least an order of magnitude. Then all areas that only get rudimentary service today will have to be brought up to the new standards at the same time.
    Thus Sustainability is Unsustainable.
    Sounds like the Green New Deal on steroids.

  14. They need a suitable Planned Population (PP) scheme, preferably something voluntarily tolerated, if not actually normalized, in order to reduce the diversity of human life to manageable, sustainable numbers and color distributions.

    • Present birth rate is 2.448 per woman. That number has dropped approximately 0.01 per year. Thus in less than 45 years it will be below 2.0 and thus negative in total.

    • “Pure Crap” is no doubt a tersely eloquent summation, but permit illumination of some elements of your apt conclusion. Consider the personal dilemma of these blind-guide obligate ‘steerers’ of social developments (right into the ditch) which compel a future they desperately identify with (’cause otherwise who needs ’em?). So above all they must rationalize their own portentous office at others’ expense. And look at the pot of weevil ridden porridge they are meanwhile selling us — a scary non-crisis of gradually changing climate for the better over all of American history to which their needless ‘solutions’ are neither actually “sustainable” nor “supportive” of the currently advanced well-being of myriads of individuals whose average longevity alone has increased by a historically unheard of 50% over the past century.

      So not only are their contrived politically correct offerings a pack of lies, but despite their proudly confident view that all they survey has arrived via survival of the fittest, their thus incongruent pursuit of outcome ‘equity’ forces the redefinition of traditional charity to become: I get mine by giving them yours!

      • And what are they going to think when their enlisted ‘artificial intelligence’ chokes on them because it just can’t track along an illusory narrative like the thoroughly misled humans who have readily fallen for emotively propelled utopian promises promoted by such leadership? “Damn you, HAL, get with the program!”

  15. Sorry for OT,
    but this late evening we had some interesting features in the sky.
    On the west side, we had very nice NLC (50° Lat.) and on the East side the Moon,above Jupiter and Saturn left of Jupiter, near together, Nice views, something not happen every day.

  16. I am Canadian. I apologize for this mess, though I can’t take responsibility for it. First the Montreal Protocol, the precursor to the IPCC. And now this.

    Again, I’m sorry.

  17. “Developing a social contract for the digital age”…. translated….they bought the MSM and the internet foiled their plans for total media/propaganda control so now they’re after control of it as well.

  18. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG))?….like the stupidity of supporting only super low productivity organic farming in Africa that keeps food expensive and in short supply on a continent that features starvation on a regular basis? Or rejecting the financing of Hydroelectric projects or Coal plants (for “real electricity” as the citizens there call it) that would drag millions out of poverty?

    There aren’t deep enough hells appropriate for these evil elite SOB’s. They are ahead of most Marxist incursions…killing millions before even really getting started with Marxist governments. Can’t wait to see the real “sustainable” crypto-genecide when that happens.

    Malthusian Elites = Murderers

    • Exactly. Right off the bat, the phrase:

      – Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth. Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative

      Indicates yet another paid, slimy cockroach oozing out of the woodwork.

  19. Although individual rights are mentioned first you can be sure considerations of such will be dead last in this latest attempt to establish a new world without agreement, transparency, accountability or anything else associated with a free society. As usual, they are lying about their intentions. fool me once..

  20. What happens to the digital age when Fat-Boy Kim sends a NORK nuke to detonate in space and fries our digital world? “Sustainable” won’t be concern in the follow up.

  21. These people never state what the perfect world will be for all of us after they have made everything equitable, sustainable and non-racist.

    Will we all live have the same lifestyles as these enlightened “distinguished business, government, and science leaders” or will we be in bark huts eating only what we can individually grow and not having the resources to move from our assigned living area?

    Do they intend to provide digital equipment to the billions who currently do not have access to reliable power nor the income to support the first-world devices that these ‘experts’ say will save the world? When you have to cook with dung and walk a few miles to fresh water, having the latest mobile phone and an app to monitor your happiness quotient is not high on your priority list.

    Idjits, all.

  22. I tell you what, each country can come up with it’s own “sustainability” guidelines and govern to those…then we have no need for a world organization to get involved at all. If a country fails to reach “sustainability”, then it will suffer the consequences.

    The U.S. needs to produce enough food to feed it’s own people, produce the drugs to keep them healthy, and make certain our forests are not overly exploited. Wow, look at us, we did it (except we need to bring drug manufacturing back). If we produce surplus we get to sell it to other countries. (Wow, we do that to). Looks to me like there is no crisis. Unless you are really just trying to take one countries wealth and give it to another country in a hidden agenda.

  23. At what stage in the development of the digital think tank group, will they change their name to,The Digital
    Department of the Ministry of Truth?

  24. Socialism will work this time, honest….
    Once they’ve murdered all the dissenters…..

  25. Fanciful words without any clear content or defined action.

    Like a vacuous wish list written by a 5 year old, there is zero chance this is going to result in any thing realistic. At best it will be more school room propaganda about inclusive-trans-equity-sustainable, the key words in the declaration.

    I said to my daughter while watching a film about Pol Pots terror in Cambodia, “You can always spot BS, they go for the kids” and she commented they have climate change fed them in every subject at school.

    Fortunately plenty of them see though it all. Kids arent as stupid as the Khmer Rouge er, UN, think.

  26. You’re really just a mail-in chad away from 1984. It will be gradual for a bit longer though.

    Anyone who disagrees with the central committee is a deplorable.

  27. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” said the UN. F%$# off. No thanks, as a Canadian I’m already ashamed that we gave the world the pariah that was Maurice Strong, that’s enough!

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