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Special Session of the General Assembly to Review and Appraise
the Implementation of Agenda 21

New York, 23-27 June 1997


As part of the preparations for Earth Summit+5, the CSD Secretariat invited stories of successful activities that Governments, major groups or United Nations agencies undertook in response to the sustainable development challenge.

The success stories we have received so far show that sustainable development does work and many more successes are possible if the level of commitment is maintained in the future. Each story in this collection describes the results of committed actions, participatory processes, sharing of resources and knowledge, or creative partnerships. Some cases involve community groups at the local level, others are large projects involving numerous parties. Regardless of the size or scope of these actions, each has already made a difference towards a sustainable future.

The implementation of Agenda 21 and other Earth Summit agreements is far from being complete. However, the Earth Summit+5 occassion is an opportunity to recognize the existing achievements of local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, UN and non-UN international bodies as well as many others.

This site will be regularly updated with the additional success stories that continue arriving. If you wish to make comments or submit success stories that you are aware of, contact the CSD Secretariat at The text for the success stories has been kept close to the originals submitted by major groups and other actors involved in Agenda 21 implementation efforts. The views reflected in them are not necessarily those of the United Nations or its Secretariat.


Asia and the Pacific

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Latin America and the Caribbean

Western European and Other States (including Australia, Canada,
Iceland, New Zealand and United States of America)

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