Pope Francis is preparing to visit the U.S. for the very first time. The man who is commonly referred to as “the people's Pope,” is planning to visit Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, later this month during his trip. On his way to the U.S. he is also going to be spending a few days in Cuba, and while in the U.S. he will be speaking at the United Nations (UN) and take part in a mass prayer at Madison Square Garden. On September 25th he will be visiting the United Nations Headquarters, which happens to be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It is also said that major decisions will be made this year at the UN meeting, regarding climate change, sustainable development, and the “future of peace and well-being of humankind.”
Not only will he be visiting the area, and addressing the UN General Assembly, but he also has several meetings planned with Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, and others. The UN has said that they are confident that Pope Francis will “inspire the international community.” Pope Francis also made history recently when he engaged in the first-ever virtual town hall, where he took part in an online meeting and answered questions from a variety of Americans across the U.S.
The United Nations will be holding its Sustainable Development Summit for 2015 from September 25-27, and they've said on their site that 2015 will provide a “history and unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to decide and embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere.” They have promised that these collective actions will “end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment, and address climate change.”
The UN has affirmed that this year “countries will adopt a new sustainable development agenda, and a new global agreement on climate change.” One main discussion point is going to be the topic of “Transforming our world [to] the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Among their promises included in this agenda, the UN has said that they want to “eradicate poverty in all forms”, but if they don't intend to bring attention to the corrupt monetary system and self-destructive fiat banking scheme, then we know that they aren't ready to talk about real lasting solutions and can't be too serious about realizing any definite end to poverty in the world. It has also been mentioned that they can't be too serious about financial inequality since they don't even pay their interns.
In their draft resolution, they state, “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.” Their new “universal agenda” is going to include 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets to be reached. It wasn't that long ago that city leaders from around the world also attended a meeting at the Vatican, to apparently discuss how to go about implementing their new plans for dealing with climate change.
The UN claims that their goal (among many) is to “respect human rights and the rule of law,” but we can see instead from various government leaders representing nations associated with the UN, that this frequently isn't the case. This new agenda that they plan to implement will be balanced across three different dimensions of sustainable development, and it will be of “unprecedented scope and significance,” in that it will be accepted by all countries and will be applicable to all. This will apply to almost every country in the world, as currently there are 193 United Nations member states. The Vatican (among few others) isn't included as it remains a non-member permanent observer state. It is expected that the new goals and targets (according to the UN itself) will come into effect on 1 January 2016, and they will supposedly guide decisions to be made over the next 15 years.
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