UN Conference on Environment and Development
(Rio de Janeiro, 1992)

Agenda 21 (Agenda for the 21st Century)
is a global programme that committed 118 countries to environmental restoration, preservation and social development. Their aims are to meet the challenge of global warming, pollution, biodiversity and the inter-related social problems of poverty, health and population.
  1. Agenda 21 and the Rio Agreements
  2. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
The United Nations Environment Programme
site in Norway features an index to Shanna L. Halpern's Environment and Development: Process and Documentation, which explains the lengthy preparatory process to Rio and "disentangles the complex web of UN resolutions and other official documentation" that emerged from the "Earth Summit."
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
is an independent reporting service published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) that provides daily coverage of negotiations on environment and development at the United Nations. Back issues of ENB provide day-by-day coverage of UNCED and surrounding issues.
A Human Rights Resource Packet
linking elements of Agenda 21 to Existing Human Rights Norms and Standards. Prepared for the Meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development, "Countdown to Earth Summit II," April 1997.