Implementing Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is a document of hope, in which the world has bestowed upon the future generation for the world of tomorrow.  The six categories of this Agenda talked about what humanity can improve us to insure a better tomorrow. 

Now we must take action. 

This plan requires that there is broad participation in policy and decision makings from all levels of society.  By collaborating and working together, can we achieve an environmental and economic security.  In order to enact policies and decide on actions, the commonwealth needs access to all information pertaining to the Environment and Development.  However, in order to understand these information, we need to educate the public.  This education and training can change the human attitude and behavior that would eventually cause the destruction of our global commons, as well as increase productivity by becoming aware of policies and natural systems that affect the Earth and our society.

In order for this to happen, we need the UN to:
  • promote environmental activities throughout the UN
  • promote international cooperation in the field of environment
  • develop and promote techniques, such as natural resource accounting and environmental economics
  • promote environmental monitoring and assessment
  • coordinate scientific research
  • disseminate environmental information and data
  • raise general awareness in environmental protection, through collaboration with the public and private entities
  • assist in the further development of international environmental law
  • promote the widest possible use of environmental impact assessments in connection with every significant economic development projects or activities
  • develop an information exchange on environmentally sound technologies
  • provide technical, legal, and institutional advice to governments
  • develop assistance in case of environmental emergencies

These hopes, however, have great financial burdens.  Many of the operational costs of the UN to implement the seven major point of the agenda requires such actions as:
  • to create a special international interest fund
  • to promote free and fair trade that will promote economic growth and environmental protection
  • to create grants or concessional financing to be provided according to sound and equitable criteria
  • to promote higher levels of foreign direct investments and technological transfers
  • to create economic and fiscal incentives
  • to fundraise
  • to create permits

However, it is the hope that with such financial assistance from the developing nations, we can raise the standard of living for all the citizens of the world, which grows the global economy.