What is Agenda 21?
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Agenda 21 is one of the outcome documents of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), or Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.

Outcome document in 3 volumes: A/CONF.151/26/Rev.1
Vol.I + Corr.1: Resolutions adopted by the Conference;
Vol.II: Proceedings of the Conference;
Vol.III Corr.1: Statements made by Heads of State or Government at the summit segment of the Conference;

Three major agreements were adopted (found in Vol.I + Corr.1)

  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, a series of principles defining the rights and responsibilities of States; 
  • Agenda 21, a global plan of action to promote sustainable development; 
  • Statement of Forest Principles, a set of principles to underpin the sustainable management of forests worldwide.


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