Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Agenda of hope
Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, calls on the world’s leaders to build on the successes of the previous summits and to eradicate poverty

Changing the paradigm
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil, says that in many ways the Earth has slipped backwards over the last decade, and pledges to help revive the Rio spirit in Johannesburg

Only one Earth
Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State, United States of America, says that sustainable development is a moral, humanitarian – and security – imperative, and calls for a sustained global effort to achieve it

Beyond brackets
David Anderson, Minister of the Environment, Canada, emphasizes the importance of environmental strands in the fabric of sustainable development and suggests ways forward

African Renaissance
Mohammed Valli Moosa, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Republic of South Africa, describes how the launch of the African Union strengthens Africa’s contribution to the success of the World Summit

Unmissable opportunity
Goran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden, describes how it is everyone’s business to make the Summit a success

At a glance: GEO-3

Asking the people
Patrick O’Heffernan

Recapturing momentum
Margaret Beckett, Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom, underlines the warnings of the Global Environment Outlook report and calls for globalization to be made to work for sustainable development

Taking the measure of unsustainability
Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge, looks beyond conventional yardsticks of development and reaches some surprising conclusions

Breaking the grid lock
Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Business Action for Sustainable Development, outlines practical steps to bring renewable energy to a billion people in developed and developing countries by the end of this decade

Training for transformation
Richard Wiewiorka, Vice Chairman, ISG, LLC, and Chairman, LEAD USA and Roy Herberger, President, Thunderbird, introduce a new training and community-building strategy for sustainable business

Bring big business to account
Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network, calls on WSSD to rectify the Rio Earth Summit’s failure to place binding obligations on transnational companies

Out of the changing room
Peter H.Y. Wong, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, argues that businesses can become good corporate citizens through sustainability reporting and urges more companies to take it up

‘Dear delegates...’
Bushra Razack

Extra web-only articles:

We need a dream
Sunita Narain, director, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India, says that the preparations for the Summit lacked vision, and suggests new approaches for the future

Two sides of the same coin: before and after Johannesburg
Jaime Matas Palau, Minister for the Environment, Spain

Quality environmental data for all
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), describes a new environmental data collection initiative specifically sensitive to the needs of developing countries