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Now UN Wants to Control Tourist Behavior ... For the 'Greater Good,' of Course
Record one billion tourists in 2012 can be force for good, UN tourism agency says ... As the estimated number of tourists travelling this year hits a record one billion today, the United Nations agency focused on world tourism unveiled a tip-laden campaign aimed at letting travelers know how they can best benefit the people and places they visit. The One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities campaign of the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) shows tourists that respecting local culture, preserving heritage or buying local goods when travelling can make a big difference. – UN World Tourism Organization
Dominant Social Theme: The United Nations has advice for tourists, too. Listen, please. It is very important.
Free-Market Analysis: Did you know there was a UN World Tourism Organization?
It may not seem like such a big deal but it shows us once more how ubiquitous world government is getting and how vast the resources are behind the United Nations.
As with ALL UN agencies, apparently, a priority of the WTO is "sustainable" tourism. This agency, for instance, recommends that tourists use the same towels for several days to save energy and water.
Back in September, the UN issued a statement celebrating something called World Tourism Day. Here's an excerpt:
United Nations officials today highlighted the role that tourism can play in achieving sustainable development objectives, as they marked World Tourism Day.
"One of the world's largest economic sectors, tourism is especially well-placed to promote environmental sustainability, green growth and our struggle against climate change through its relationship with energy," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the Day.
Celebrated annually on 27 September, World Tourism Day serves to raise awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and the contributions it can make in the economic, political and social sectors.
This year's theme, "Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development" seeks to advance the goals of the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
"Hundreds of millions of people around the world depend for income on this energy-intensive sector. Sustainable energy will allow tourism to continue to expand while mitigating its impact on the environment," Mr. Ban said.
"Everyone has a role in sustainable tourism. I commend the tourism community for its growing commitment to sustainable energy. I also thank the tourists who play their part by off-setting their own carbon emissions, choosing ecologically friendly destinations and providers, or simply by postponing having their towels laundered. Every action counts," he added.
We can see from the above how relentless UN officials are when it comes to stressing "sustainability." This is a nonsense word, of course. The planet IS sustainable. It is a hunk of rock. It's not going anywhere nor are the processes that make it what it is.
There is little if anything humans can do to "sustain" the planet's current facilities. Air, water, weather, geological processes ... all were put in place long before humans trod the Earth.
Sustainability is a phrase popularized by a power elite that wants to run the world and needs to control large populations in order to do so. Only by controlling human consumption of energy and other "resources" can the top elites hope to generate the kind of all-encompassing world government they seek.
This is the reason the elites focus so heavily on sustainability and use every tool at their disposal to emphasize it. World Tourism Day is just another opportunity to deliver the message.
The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, made the point that "sustainable energy in the tourism sector can also help reduce energy poverty by implementing the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative... "
According to Rifai, conservation creates jobs and opportunities for "millions." But this is just another unprovable bromide. It is hard to see how foregoing something creates employment.
What Rifai and others like him want to argue is that building, say ... windmills creates jobs. But if windmills are not as efficient as other forms of energy, the result is probably a net LOSS of jobs and lowered standards of living. Rifai's argument is dishonest but this is not surprising.
The UN is a vast talking shop but one that basically features promotional elements. It is basically a billion dollar megaphone for elite memes, designed especially to keep the political classes "on message" while global consolidation takes place.
Nothing is to be overlooked when it comes to this process. Today, we learn, the UN has decided to celebrate the "symbolic" arrival of the world's billionth tourist.
"Today, we welcome the symbolic arrival of the one-billionth tourist," said WTO's Rifai, according to a news release from the agency. "Your actions count. That is our message to the one billion tourists."
"Through the right actions and choices, each tourist represents an opportunity for a fairer, more sustainable future," Mr. Rifai said.
The campaign is in line with Madrid-based WTO's mandate to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
Why is the United Nations involved in tourism at all? What's the point?
The UN is involved in so many things that we often forget to ask basic questions about its role and function. But these questions should be asked. Via an increasing array of initiatives, the UN is engaged in an authoritarian reshaping of the world that reduces human options, retards human innovations and steadily reinforces what might be called neo-Medievalism.
This is the idea of a steady-state human society, one that is endlessly subservient to a larger, monied class of elites that shall run the world on behalf of all.
Not only is this is a dismal view of the human future, there are disturbingly genocidal overtones having to do with the general perspective of human beings as an invasive and troublesome infestation that the world needs to shed in order to become "sustainable."
Conclusion: The trouble comes as the UN crosses over from a talking shop to a forceful manifestation of world government. Is that taking place now?
Posted by samson on 12/15/12 02:57 PM
what a bunch of Bull schisa. the UN is MOTHER. they will continue to foment the argument that the GLOBE would be better off without people. i believe as the UN is allowed to dictate "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" as a global dictum and power is given to UN,
THE GLOBAL BEAST, by the 190 nation members, too soon each of us will experience a daily controlled agenda mandated and enforced by MOTHER, THE UNITED NATIONS.
Posted by dave jr on 12/14/12 12:23 AM
Surely it is about tracking travel, just like at the borders, Customs wants to know who what why where and when. But the UN is still trying to gain widespread acceptance, so like a perverted molester in a clown suit, they try to think of happy things to promote But now they're in the bath counting towels?
Widespead poverty is the agenda, but maybe we won't mind, knowing it is sustainable, doing our part to save the earth.
If there is one good thing about their non-stop bilge of global programing, maybe it is easier for people to see that the backward double talk is from two faced back stabbing psychotic weasels.
Posted by Bosco Hurn on 12/13/12 07:23 PM
@ daddy warbucks -- Not "technocrats", loot-O-crats!
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 12/13/12 05:48 PM
When I'm paying $200 or $300 a night to stay in a hotel, I want a fresh towel every day. When I travel in my RV, I'm perfectly happy to use the same bath towel (which I have to wash) for several days. I doubt that the UN officials (who typically stay in hotel rooms well out of my price range use the same towels for 3 or 4 days!
Posted by daddy warbucks on 12/13/12 04:58 PM
Did you know there is now a United Nations University, Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)? Along with UNESCO, ICLEI, it doesn't end.
Where's all this money coming from? These expensive agencies produce NOTHING and generate NO REVENUE.
Consider the cost to you, the individual taxpayers, to pay these unelected 'world' foreign technocrat's salaries, pensions, fancy buildings & office complexes, information/documentations systems, supplies, vehicles, energy/maintenance costs, etc, limo/air transportation, meals and accomodations. WE ARE BEING FORCED TO FUND THESE increasingly authoritative bureaucratic A$$HOLE$ THAT ARE GROWING A MALEVOLENT INTERNATIONAL POLICE STATE! They intend to steer all nation's regulatory agencies to regulate and control 'you', your activities, private property and your children's ]educations[.
In the USA one 'federal' dollar spent costs 10 times more than a similarly spent 'state' dollar, now imagine what a 'WORLD' dollar costs you. Also the more complex the bureaucracy the easier it is to siphon off or redirect money for? ideological or corrupt purposes, this money must be replaced.
Through uninformed politicians, the UN is increasingly allowed to insert itself nationally and locally in every country. These expensive agencies produce NOTHING and generate NO REVENUE. ... ..NOW WE HAVE 'INTERNATIONAL' or 'WORLD' bureaucracies to fund? What does THAT need to cost taxpayers (higher taxes -absolutely) to fund the 'world' ]appointed[ UN-ELECTED technocrats that are increasingly involved in making your country's laws.
Consider the cost to taxpayers to pay these unelected 'world' technocrats salaries, pensions and fancy buildings. WE ARE BEING FORCED TO FUND THESE A$$HOLE$ THAT ARE GROWING A MALEVOLENT POLICE STATE AROUND US!
Stop their funding and stop them in their tracks.
Pressure your local representitives to STOP spending our taxes that are growing the globalists. They are near the completion point of their NWO, their global monarchy, where you and I, our property and children's futures are mere objects subject to their whims.
A CLIMATE TAX CAROL