Local Agenda 21

Posted: 31 August 2001

The term Local Agenda 21 comes from Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, the document formally endorsed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This Chapter recognises that the successful implementation of most aspects of sustainable development depends on competent and effective local authorities. Local Agenda 21s are the local plans for environment and development that each local authority is meant to develop through a consultative process with their populations, with particular attention paid to involving women and youth.