President Jair Bolsonaro has vetoed the adherence of Brazil to the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, a wide-ranging social, economic and political program that some fear would lead to a global government and, as the UN document itself states from the start, “transform the world”.

The transformative project, which the UN expects to be enforced by all member states, includes economic centralisation as a means to “end poverty”; the formalisation of “sexual and reproductive rights”; control over natural resources to fight “climate change”; and the use of education to align children with the UN worldview, among other far-reaching targets.

The proposal for the Brazilian administration to follow Agenda 2030 was inserted through an amendment by Congress into the Pluriannual Plan for 2020-23, which under Brazilian constitution establishes the guidelines and goals for government policies over a four-year period.

Bolsonaro signed the bill last week but vetoed the article concerning the UN program. In his message to the Congress, he explained he did so because adherence to Agenda 2030 within the Pluriannual Plan would conflict with the Brazilian constitution. The Congress will examine the veto in February.

On his Twitter, Bolsonaro linked to an article about his decision on a Brazilian website and added his commentary: “Among the ‘goals’ of the Agenda 2030 are the nefarious gender ideology and abortion, under the guise of ‘sexual and reproductive rights’”.

AGENDA 2030

Agenda 2030 came into effect in 2016 after being agreed by all UN member states in 2015. The program outlines 17 “sustainable development goals” with 169 “targets” to be met worldwide by the end of this decade. Its manifesto is read by many as the outline of a global government invested in the UN, with member states acting as its enforcers.

“All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet”, the document says. “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.”

SEXUAL RIGHTS

The points Bolsonaro alluded to in his Twitter are included in the Sustainable Development Goal 3, entitled “Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages.” Under this collection of benign-sounding words, we find target 7:

“By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.”

Goal 5 of Agenda 2030, entitled “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, goes in the same vein. Target 5.6 says: “Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (…)”.

EDUCATION AS CONDITIONING

Education is given a special role in the grand scheme of Agenda 2030. Schools must be used to have children conditioned into accepting and promoting the values and policies advanced by the UN. Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

This section stipulates that by 2030 member states must “ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”