FAO at Rio +20
FAO and the Earth Summit
FAO's contribution to the Earth Summit, the first UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, consisted in mobilizing the agriculture, forestry and fishery constituency around the first FAO Conference on Agriculture and the Environment in 1991. One of the most notable outcomes was Agenda 21 Chapter 14 on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD).
Agenda 21 was a programme of action for sustainable development for the 21st Century and it included the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The Statement of Principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests was also adopted at that time by more than 178 Governments at the Conference that became known as the Earth Summit. The tenth anniversary of Agenda 21 was marked in Johannesburg with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development.