Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Unmatched opportunities
Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Chairman and CEO, GEF, describes how the Global Environment Facility is linking the global environment to sustainable livelihoods

Global priority
James D. Wolfensohn, President, The World Bank, explains that achieving environmental sustainability is essential if poverty is to be reduced

Partnerships for change
Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, UNDP, gives practical examples of effective and innovative projects to save the global environment

Rising to new challenges
Xie Zhenhua, Minister, State Environmental Protection Administration, China, sets out his hopes for the GEF Assembly, and calls for concrete action

Much achieved, more to do
Claire Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, assesses the GEF’s achievements and suggests priorities for its second decade

Message to the Second GEF Assembly
Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary-General

At a glance: Africa Environment Outlook

Critical energy
José Goldemberg, Secretary of State for the Environment of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, describes how increasing the use of renewable sources of energy is essential for sustainable development

Mapping the health of the planet
Robert T. Watson, Chief Scientist and Director, ESSD, The World Bank; and Board Co-Chair of the Millennium Assessment, describes the increasing impact of human activities on ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide, and outlines a new assessment of them

Regaining ground
Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, says that desertification is a global problem and that tackling it requires global support

Two to tango
Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Secretariat, describes the partnership between the GEF and the climate convention and looks at how it may develop in future

Linking knowledge to action
Julia Carabias, Chair of STAP, emphasizes the importance of integrating science and technology into solutions for environmental problems, and describes the work of the GEF’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel

Globalizing benefits
Leif E. Christoffersen, Team Leader of GEF’s Second Overall Performance Study, examines the GEF’s mission, evaluates its success in achieving it, and suggests areas for improvement

Unpopular POPs
Jack Weinberg, Northern Co-Chair of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), explains why persistent organic pollutants are a global problem, and describes international efforts to reduce and eliminate them

Message to the Second GEF Assembly
Xiang Huaicheng, Minister of Finance, China