In June 1997, at the UN General Assembly in New York, the Prime Minister challenged every local authority to have a Local Agenda 21 strategy by the end of the year 2000. LA 21 was established at the Rio Summit in 1992 as a programme for local authorities. Setting LA21 targets therefore is a matter for each council.
Scottish councils are making a strong effort to meet the Prime Minister’s challenge. A survey by CoSLA in February 2000 showed that 26 councils intend to adopt a strategy by December, and two have already so done. The others are at varying stages of development. Monitoring is carried out by CoSLA and the Scottish Executive provides £60,000 per year to fund a LA21 adviser at CoSLA.