The Earth Summit

1992 Earth summitThe United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) takes places in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Assembled parties sign key agreements with the aim of achieving sustainable development in the 21st century. The conference resulted in the drafting of Agenda 21 and the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development to monitor future Earth Summit agreements. In 1997, another U.N. meeting results in the Kyoto Protocol to address climate change. The United States signed the treaty but failed to ratify it in 2001.

World Population : 170,060,000

Key:   1,000,000 People    1,000,000 People (Annotated)    Milestone

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