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MORE ON ICLEI: HOW BAD IS IT?

I have written about how ICLEI, the UN-blessed organization (I used the word agency and I apologize for misspeaking; it is a distinction without a real difference; if you carry the UN’s water you are an UN agency as far as I am concerned) of municipal and local governments throughout the world.  There are several cites and counties in Virginia members of ICLEI.  I have recommended that the Attorney General’s office look into whether it is legal under the US Constitution’s prohibition of states (and by extension local governments) from having a foreign policy.

Here’s more stuff for my readers’ consideration.

Let’s start with the web page from the US affiliate of ICLEI:  ICLEI USA

They have an action page with items like this:

The most recent talks leading up to the next international agreement on climate change were held in Bangkok, which concluded on Friday, October 9, 2009. Following on the heels of talks in Bonn which concluded on August 14, the two-week long round of negotiations in Bangkok represented one of the last major meetings of representatives before COP15 in Copenhagen.  The negotiations in Bangkok will be followed by 5 days of pre-negotiations for COP15 in Barcelona starting on November 2. For ICLEI’s primer on International Climate Agreements, please click here.

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ICLEI Working to Make Local Voices Heard

ICLEI represented local government interests at the Bangkok negotiations, as in previous meetings, with the central goal of ensuring local governments are recognized as key players in the post 2012 agreement.  ICLEI, in concert with United Cities and Local Governments, worked diligently to ensure that the local voice was heard and that the local role is recognized.  ICLEI aggressively advocated for local government recognition in the negotiating text and held a press conference on the subject.

Gino von Begin, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General and facilitator of the Local Government Roadmap Process, stated in Bangkok that “Local governments are offering national governments our partnership in the fight against climate change and this meeting has us mildly optimistic that the offer is welcome. We would like to see in the final text at Copenhagen enough references made to local action so it enables local and national governments to work together to make much more meaningful inroads into curbing climate change than might otherwise have been the case.”  The press release is available here, and video of the press conference is available here.

Let me emphasize what this says:  ICLEI “represented local government” at this international conference and “aggressively advocated local government recognition” in the draft text.  The ICLEI official cited wants local governments to partner with national governments to fight against climate change.

There’s more:

ICLEI stated that any financial mechanisms and capacity building efforts that are agreed upon in the final text must provide for the support of climate actions at the local level.  ICLEI additionally advocated for the inclusion of local government references with regards to accounting measures, building and urban planning, and technology transfer..

The local government “organization” are pushing for local governments to have power to act in financial and planning matters to support efforts to fight global warming.  (Let’s ignore the myth of global warming for purposes of this article.)

ICLEI also seeks further national agreements:

On a Post-2012 Agreement

Local governments stated that negotiations concerning a successor to the Kyoto Protocol include emissions reduction targets in line with scientific recommendations, such as those put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

These are clear foreign policy goals.  The Constitution is clear in Article I, Section 10:  “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation,…No State shall,…enter into an Agreement or Compact with Another State, or with a foreign power…”  The ICLEI members in the USA through the national organization are in league with the other local governments throughout the world to implement foreign policy objectives.  This the Constitution forbids.

Here’s what ICLEI said about the thankfully failed Copenhagen climate conference:

Unfortunately, the question remains: Why is it that national governments are failing where local governments have long succeeded? If the international community had followed the lead of local governments in seeking and implementing ambitious climate solutions, we would be well on our way to solving the challenge of climate change.

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It is time to finish what was started in Copenhagen. Bring local governments in as partners, give us a seat at the table and let us share in this responsibility. We are ready. Let’s finish this job so we can all start working together on the real job that lies ahead.

A seat at the table?  Municipal governments in the USA do not constitutionally have any right to be at ANY foreign policy table.

Finally, I submit this:  The World Mayors and Local Governments Climate Protection Agreement.  This is clearly unconstitutional.  Here’s the text.  Highlights:

“…mayors and local governments set forth the following commitments:

2.  IMPLEMENT subnational, national and international frameworks that are complementary and enable local governments by providing resources, authority and sufficient mandate to carry forward these roles and responsibilities.

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5.   ADVOCATE that every national delegation participating in the UNFCCC negotiations include local government designated representation to ensure that local climate priorities and actions are included in future negotiations.

6. PERSISTENTLY CALL for national governments to join the international community to undertake binding carbon limits to rapidly and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short-term and by at least 60% worldwide below 1990 levels by 2050.

Any city or county a member of ICLEI is an aider and abetter in its FOREIGN POLICY goals.  This is forbidden by the Constitution.  There is no law or act of Congress found in my research authorizing this sort of thing.  Attorney General Cuccinelli can strike a blow against globalism and for sovereignty by banning all Virginia cities and counties to be or remain members of ICLEI and similar organizations.  This may embolden others, including local and state officials, to take similar action.  If you live in a ICLEI member local government entity, start to campaign for withdrawal.  Feel free to re-print this or other blog entries as a flyer with proper credit to me and Virginia Right.  Ask your state representative or senator to ask their attorney general for a legal opinion on ICLEI.  We can win this battle.

PS:  If you live in Colorado, please note that one of the local officials who signed the unconstitutional agreement is Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, now the Democrat candidate for Governor of your state.  Since Maes cannot win, you’ll have to support former Cong. Tom Tancredo to keep this globalist out of the executive mansion in Denver.  The last poll had Tancredo only eight points behind Hickenlooper.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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  1. [...] Yes, you did, Mayor O’Neil!  ICLEI has political and foreign policy goals.  But the December 6 meeting was aborted when the audience refused to go along with the ICLEI agenda: “We’re going to cancel for tonight and after the first of the year, we’re going to have a general forum to discuss and answer some of your questions,” Entz announced. [...]

  2. [...] my readers know that ICLEI is indeed a confederation of international cities, towns and counties with foreign [...]


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