And in Australia, Nick Minchin, a former Howard government minister and mentor to current right-wing leader Cory Bernardi, expressed sentiments similar to those of the anti-Agenda 21 movement, without naming the deal. Roberts said that after the Rio Declaration was signed by the then Keating government in 1992, “it was secretly implemented by the ministers of each government, since under the guise of biodiversity to steal property rights, sustainability, adoption of rules of control of people and climate change to promote foreign control through illegal agreements like the Paris deception.” What is he talking about? In reality, the Rio Declaration is a completely non-binding and voluntary agreement reached by 178 countries at the Rio Earth Summit nearly a quarter of a century ago. Here, sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the current generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This definition was widely taken up and consolidated as an education issue at the World Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which was attended by delegates from more than 170 countries and whose key agreement was Agenda 21, which contained the proposal to introduce sustainable development into the educational curricula of the signatory countries. It has thus found its way into the core curriculum of many nations. In Missoula, Mont., police had to be called to calm a government meeting in December 2012, during which about $1,200 in fees were discussed at ICLEI. Between 1997 and 2000, the draft Local Agenda 21 charter aimed to establish partnerships between local governments in developed and developing countries to assist each other in the implementation of their LA21 action plans. Six African countries participated in the project: Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Support was provided through regional training and technical assistance programmes, as well as through the establishment of a global monitoring and reporting system. Aid programmes have been linked between local governments through sustainable development agreements or local Agenda 21 charters. . .