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BACKGROUND OF THE LOCAL AGENDA 21 PROGRAMME (IPOH LA 21 BARBARA) IPOH CITY COUNCIL 

 

The LA21 programme is generally supported and welcomed by the general public in improving their quality of life. It is through this programme that local communities will be able to collaborate with Local Authorities in solving municipal problems and also provide an opportunity for local authorities in building a good relationship with the local community thus portraying good image in the eyes of the society. Therefore, cooperation among  all parties is essential in forming the best approach in sustainable development planning as well as creating new and effective ways to foster cooperation and commitment from all parties to make it happen.

 

Programme Background

            LA21 programme was launched in June 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 178 participating countries, including Malaysia. The programme began its implementation in this country since the 8th Malaysia Plan (RMK-), in 2002 involving 4 of the pilot local authorities, the Petaling Jaya City Council, Miri City Council, Kuantan Municipal Council and Kerian District Council. The programme was later expanded to the LA-class cities and municipalities.

 

Programme Objectives

  • To expose sustainable development issues to the public and private sectors
  • To clarify that sustainable development is a shared responsibility
  • To formulate strategies and action plans based on the LA21 local sustainable development issues

 

Programme Summary

            The LA21 programme is generally supported and welcomed by the general public in improving their quality of life. It is through the LA21 Programme that local authorities will have the opportunity to work together and consequently establishing good relations with the local community.

The Local Agenda 21 (LA21) is a programme for the community, the private sector and local authorities (District Council, Municipal Council, City Council and City Hall) to work together to plan and manage their surrounding areas towards sustainable development.

Through Local Agenda 21, local communities can be involved to identify and examine the issues of sustainable development, devising an action plan to address these issues and implement action plans.

This programme is the basic approach of the "bottom-up", or from the grassroots upwards. This means that local residents themselves will be involved in establishing action plans for their respective areas.