Hearing Anything About “Agenda 21”?


The 1992 UN Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (also known as Agenda 21) is a nonbinding resolution the United Nations passed at the 1992 “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro. “It is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment,” according to the UN. (Read the principles of Agenda 21.)

While several states and localities have recently considered or passed resolutions regarding Agenda 21, the U.S. Senate never considered the policy because “it wasn’t considered a treaty, which would require Senate approval.” Instead, President George H.W. Bush signed on to the nonbinding resolution in 1992, as did 179 other nations.

Next month, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will convene to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. The upcoming conference will take place in also in Brazil, from June 20 – 22, 2012.

While no bill related to Agenda 21 has been introduced in this session of Congress, it’s been a topic of interest on PopVox such that they’ve put up a page where you can weigh in on Agenda 21 and send a message to your Members of Congress using POPVOX.