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Local Agenda 21 - Reducing our Footprint

What Is Local Agenda 21?

Local Agenda 21 originated in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (also referred to as the Earth Summit or the Rio Summit) held in June 1992. The summit saw 120 Heads of State pass five agreements, one of which was Agenda 21, a global action plan for the implementation of sustainable development. It recognises that that most global problems, and their solutions have roots in local activities.

Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 is the framework for Local Government to work cooperatively with their community to develop and implement long term programs to achieve environmental, economic and social sustainability in the 21st century.

This process of thinking globally, acting locally is known as Local Agenda 21.

In August - September 2002 the United Nations held the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was an opportunity to reflect on achievements since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and commit to ongoing sustainable action.


Local Agenda 21 information sourced from Department of Environment and Natural Resources Internet Site.

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