Community planning: Policy & Law: Rio declaration
The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 – 14 June 1992, proclaimed that:
‘Environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided.’The principles, 27 in all, constituted a global agenda for transition to sustainability in the 21st century.
The full Rio declaration