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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1995

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
ISBN 0 6444 3152 0

Foreword by the Prime Minister

As the pressures on world resources continue to grow, the concept of Sustainable Development becomes an imperative for the global community. Australia is proud to present its second report to the Commission on Sustainable Development. This details our nation's efforts toward implementing Agenda 21 through the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development.

The issues on the Commission's 1995 agenda, which are the subject of this National Report are at the heart of Australia's national economic and environmental interests. Our land, farms, forests and mines, our wildlife and wilderness play crucial roles in the Australian economy and in the culture of Australians. Drought and land degradation, the protection of forests and the conservation of biological diversity are important issues confronting Australia in 1995. So too is ensuring that all Australians enjoy the benefits of economic development.

In this National Report, Australia sets out its experience in natural resource and environmental management. The report should not be seen just as a scorecard of our activities relevant to Agenda 21. With it, Australia shares its experiences with the world in the belief that others can build on our successes and learn from our mistakes.

I trust that all members of the United Nations will continue to support the Commission in achieving its objective, to bridge the gap between the goal of global sustainable development and the reality of a world still troubled by poverty and degraded natural resources. International cooperation towards the goals agreed at Rio is the key to achieving a future which is both economically and environmentally sound.