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Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Comparative and Foreign Law

Sustainable development

1998

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Comparative Environmental Law Perspectives On Legal Regimes For Sustainable Development, Nicholas A. Robinson Jan 1998

Comparative Environmental Law Perspectives On Legal Regimes For Sustainable Development, Nicholas A. Robinson

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

As the world's largest summit meeting ended in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the heads of state and their representatives assembled at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), commonly referred to as Agenda 21. They embraced Agenda 21 as “a dynamic programme” which can “evolve over time in the light of changing needs and circumstances,” and as a process making “the beginning of a new global partnership for sustainable development.” Agenda 21 is premised on two factual perspectives. First, the documentation of trends in the deterioration of the environmental conditions in many parts of the world is …