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Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNEP

Action for tomorrow
Roh Moo-hyun, President of the Republic of Korea

Turning words into action
Børge Brende, Minister of the Environment, Norway, and Chair of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, says that plans agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development are the key to managing the world’s most precious resource

One hand washes the other
Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Republic of South Africa, describes how partnership and participatory democracy in his country are exceeding targets for providing safe water and sanitation, and combating water scarcity and conflict

People

Fragile resource
Kwak Kyul-ho, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea, describes how his country has learned a hard lesson from rapid industrialization and is setting out to restore the balance between nature and human desire

Realizing the dream
Poul Nielson, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Chief Executive Officer for the EuropeAid Co-operation Office, describes practical steps towards halving the proportion of the world’s people lacking safe water and sanitation

Washing away poverty
Eveline Herfkens, United Nations Secretary-General’s Executive Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals Campaign, says that water and sanitation can provide the path to meeting the Millennium Development Goals

At a glance:
Water and sanitation


Music makes magic
The Benin-born singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo talks about her concerns for the future

Targeting sanitation
Cees van de Guchte, Senior Project Officer, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, The Hague, Netherlands, and Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, GPA, Head, Regional Seas Programme and Deputy Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, address the environmental aspects and costs of meeting the World Summit on Sustainable Development target on improved sanitation, and describe the growing global consensus on alternative low-cost technologies

In a city like Mumbai
Kalpana Sharma, Deputy Editor of The Hindu, Mumbai, describes what it is like to live without adequate water supplies and sanitation in one of the world’s most populous cities

Flowing from the bottom up
Gourisankar Ghosh, Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Geneva, calls for integrated management of water – of the people, for the people and by the people

Books & products

Watering a thirsty land
Luis Cáceres Villanueva, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Antofagasta, Chile, describes how wastewater can be used to green cities, even in difficult circumstances, and outlines how to treat and manage it

Peace through parks
Gerardo Budowski, Professor Emeritus, Department of Natural Resources and Peace, University for Peace, Costa Rica, describes the advantages of peace parks and suggests ways in which they could be extended

Reaching the unheard
Suvecha Pant, coordinator of the science page and journalist at The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, and a journalist and English newsreader at national radio station Kantipur FM96.1