Intermediate School Kit on the United Nations: A Web Adaptation

Unit 13: Saving tomorrow's world
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)

FactFile UN Factfile:
UN Conference on
Environment and Development
This was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992, 20 years after the first conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. Leaders of over 150 countries met to try and agree on solutions to the world's ecological problems. They reached five important agreements, including the Convention on Climate Change and the Biological Diversity Convention, that try to limit damage to the atmosphere, conserve natural habitats, protect forests and stop the unmanaged exploitation of land. A blueprint for action, called Agenda 21, also requests governments and people to change wasteful consumption patterns, plant new forests, and develop renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. It also asks that richer countries share safe and clean technology with the poorer countries. Photo
Children from around the world deliver a message and posters addressing their environmental concerns to President Coller de Mello of Brazil (right), while UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (left) looks on.
"People everywhere look to the Earth Summit as a best chance - perhaps our last chance - to save the Earth."
Mostafa Tolba, formerly Executive Director,
UN Environment Programme
Activity: Discuss why the earth summit would be called "our last chance to save the earth".
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