agLearn was developed in support of Agenda 21 and towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGD’s). Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations, Governments, and Major Groups in every area environment of Sustainable Development. Its chapter 14 focuses more specifically on Sustainable Agriculture and raises awareness for the need of training and education, including in rural areas.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commit the international community to an expanded vision of development that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social, environmental and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development. The agLearn network courses directly addresses 4 of the 8 MGD’s:
- Goal 1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Goal 3 – Promote gender equality and empower women
- Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability
- Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development
In 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, aglearn was submitted as a partnership initiative to promote its use on a more global basis.