In their own words:
“Agenda 21 stands as a comprehensive blueprint for action to be taken globally — from now into the twenty-first century — by Governments, United Nations organizations, development agencies, non-governmental organizations and independent-sector groups, in every area in which human activity impacts on the environment.”
Ros Kelly, introducing AG21 to Australia, Australian Parliament, Wednesday, 26 May 1993, Hansard Page: 951
“Agenda 21 is a truly massive document—40 chapters covering matters as diverse as poverty, population, technology transfer, consumption patterns, forests, freshwater, pollution avoidance, transboundary air pollution, and radioactive waste. It is a blueprint or set of guidelines, not just for individual countries but, importantly, for the entire United Nations system as well as for individuals and organisations of every size and type. Australia contributed significantly to its preparation and negotiations. The adoption of agenda 21 at the Rio summit marks an important step in global cooperation on environment and development matters…… The recommendations of agenda 21 cover a wide range of issues and responsibilities for implementation, cutting across virtually every Commonwealth and State government agency as well as local government and the non-government sector”
The Hon. I. COHEN [5.17 p.m.]: “The Greens welcome this progressive bill and congratulate the Minister for Local Government on its introduction. The bill is consistent with principles of the Australian Greens charter and the constitution of the Greens New South Wales…….
Agenda 21 stands as a comprehensive blueprint for action to be taken globally from now into the twenty-first century by governments, United Nations organisations, development agencies, non-governmental organisations, and independent sector groups in every area where human activity impacts on the environment.”
1997, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, :
“Failure to act now to implement Agenda 21 could damage the planet irreversibly, unleashing a spiral of increased hunger, deprivation, disease and squalor….. Stressing that Agenda 21 was unprecedented, he said Member States must act in ‘unprecedented ways to implement it’.”