Agenda 21: Thinking Globally – Working Locally!
At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro 172 nations pointed out the urgent need for action to save the earth. They reached basic agreements in Agenda 21 on promoting sustained ecological, economic and social development.
Local municipalities take on a central role in implementing Agenda 21, because so much can actually only be achieved locally. The knowledge, volition and energy of many people is needed for this. That is why article 28 of Agenda 21 states: “Every local municipality should decide upon a municipal Agenda 21 in dialogue with its citizens, local organisations and private enterprise.”
The Berlin Senate signed the Aalborg-Charta – Local Agenda 21 – together with representatives of other European local municipalities in 1994. Berlin commits itself, therewith to complete the tasks laid down by the local municipalities in article 28.
The Berlin House of Representatives decided upon Berlin Local Agenda 21 on the 8th June 2006, thereby adopting a plan of action for sustainable urban development.
A lot happened in Berlin after the Rio-Conference in 1992. The process was carried from the beginning by many players and groups of players. Working organisational structures were created.
You can find the newsletter, material and links to Agenda 21 and to the Berlin-Agenda here.