Institutional & Sustainable Development What is sustainable development? The 1992 Rio Conference (United Nations Conference for Environment and Development) or Earth Summit as it is often known, concluded on a fundamentally new approach in order to secure a sustainable future. Sustainable development is about local solutions supported by institutions and structures at all levels above it that are: Socially acceptable - economically viable - ecologically sound 'Thinking today with tomorrow in mind' Agenda 21 is a framework for sustainable development for the 21st century. A global consensus which called on all governments, local and national, to produce strategies for sustainable development through widespread public participation. Hundreds of individuals, local communities, NGO's and businesses world-wide have themselves joined into this new approach to start practical initiatives to make Agenda 21 a working reality.
They are using new working practices that are about partnership for change. The Convention on Biological Diversity. A commitment by the nations of the world to conserve biological diversity, to use biological resources sustainably and to share equitably the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. Biodiversity, the web of life on which we all depend, is a measure of sustainability.