|| MAJOR GROUPS
Participation of people is key to sustainable development. Agenda 21 recognizes
this in Section III, which describes the specific roles and responsibilities of
nine major groups of civil society, in distinct chapters on
and Youth, Indigenous People, Non-governmental Organizations, Local
Authorities, Workers and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, Scientific and
Technological Communities and Farmers.
One of the fundamental prerequisites for the achievement of sustainable
development is broad public participation in decision-making. Furthermore, in
the more specific context of environment and development, the need for new
forms of participation has emerged. This includes the need of individuals,
groups and organizations to participate in environmental impact assessment
procedures and to know about and participate in decisions, particularly those
which potentially affect the communities in which they live and work.
Individuals, groups and organizations should have access to information
relevant to environment and development held by national authorities, including
information on products and activities that have or are likely to have a
significant impact on the environment, and information on environmental
Paragraph 23.2, Chapter 23, Section III, Agenda 21.
back to top
Copyright © United
Department of Economic and
Comments and suggestions
24 August 2006