Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Local Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development

  • Mª. Teresa Pozo-Llorente
  • José Gutiérrez-Pérez
  • María Fátima de Poza-VilchesEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_55


The Local Agenda 21 Program (LA21) is a global action plan to promote sustainable development. It arises by the proposal of the United Nations, as an international governmental commitment signed by around two hundred countries in the Conference of United Nation on Environment and Development celebrated in Brazil in 1992, commonly known as Earth Summit. This program is proposed as a governmental instrument to design and implement sustainable development strategies at the local level under the umbrella of coordinated work networks and strategic intervention frameworks equipped with indicators for monitoring and systematic evaluation. One area where progress was made was initiatives by municipalities. Local authorities are becoming increasingly integrated into a worldwide approach to urban sustainability. LA21 has become a growing worldwide movement; however, it should be noted that there are significant differences in the specific strategies, working methods, support systems,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mª. Teresa Pozo-Llorente
    • 1
  • José Gutiérrez-Pérez
    • 3
  • María Fátima de Poza-Vilches
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Educational Methodology Research DepartmentUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Science Education Department MIDEUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Educational Methodology ResearchUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mark C. Mifsud
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta