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Agenda 21: The United Nations Rio Summit

In 1983 the United Nations created the World Commission on Environment and Development. In 1987, the Commission published a report 'Our Common Future' which warned of the urgent need to ensure that human progress objectives were met within the planets environmental limits. In 1989, in response to this report the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was arranged. This conference produced two international agreements, two statements of principles and a major action agenda on world-wide sustainable development. This action agenda is known as Agenda 21.

The overall objective of Agenda 21 is to ensure that development is socially, economically and environmental sustainable. The Governments, including the UK, attending the conference endorsed the Agenda.

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