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In 1992 the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro. The world leaders there signed a declaration which incorporated a number of principles, forming the basis for future policy developments. This Rio Declaration on environment and development underlies Agenda 21: the program for action for the next century.

One of the objectives of Agenda 21 was for each local authority to have its own Agenda by 1996, in close consultation with its citizens. The principles of sustainable development must form a central aspect of this Agenda. A sustainable society is organized in such a way that people do not harm nature, and that the needs of all (future) inhabitants of the earth are met. Such an ideal society requires a genuine break with existing culture.

Cooperation on an international scale offers numerous advantages, such as the exchange of ideas, action on a united front, and the synergy between international organizations. Successful conservation requires thinking big, and GEA - China has made this leap by linking Global Communications for Conservation with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

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