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Agenda 21

[edit] Agenda 21

Agenda 21 was a comprehensive plan of action that was to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organisations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which humans impact on the environment.

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.

The full implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.

[edit] Local Agenda 21 (LA21)

Local Agenda 21 (LA21) then became a UK policy initiative aimed at encouraging local authorities to promote more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities. This included LA21 officers, seen as linking environmental policy aims with wider social and economic improvement programmes in the context of regenerating deprived areas. Some evidence suggested that many authorities abandoned LA21 and set up new structures and procedures for consulting and working with communities.

Under the Local Government Act 2000 local authorities we required to prepare community strategies to ‘promote or improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their areas, and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the UK’.

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