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Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Challenges and Opportunity
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, describes how sustainable development can protect the environment and generate jobs and income for the poor in urban and rural areas

Bridging the Water Gap
Maria Mutagamba, Minister of State (Water) of Uganda and President of the African Ministerial Council on Water, describes how her country is meeting the Millenium Development Goals in bringing water and sanitation to its towns and cities

Golden Gateway to Green Cities

The Spirit of “Mottai Nai”
Yuriko Koike, Minister of the Environment, Japan, describes how one of the world’s most urbanised countries is working towards a sustainable environment through action on waste and climate change

Cities without Slums
Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, calls for more ambitious strategies for improving the lives of slum dwellers and forestalling the development of new slums


Rapid Progress
Han Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai, describes how one of the world’s most populous cities is pursuing sustainable development in transport

At a glance:
Greening Cities

Charging into the Future
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, outlines his programme for a green revolution in one of the world’s biggest cities, and shows how it is increasingly gaining public transport

Star profile: Tokiko Kato

The Female Factor
Elisabeth Gateau, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Government, explains that increasing the number of women in local decision-making holds the key to environmental sustainability

Unlocking People Energy
Somsook Boonyabancha, Director, Community Organisations Development Institute, calls for a new approach to sustainable cities where people are made the subject, rather than the object, of development

Think Local
Sheela Patel, Director, Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres, and David Satterthwaite, call for community-driven solutions to start meeting the Millennium Development Goals in towns and cities

High Achievements
Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, describes how a green revolution began building a different type of developing country city in one of the world’s highest capitals

Life at the Top
Dusty Gedge, co-founder of Livingroofs.org, describes how environment and security concerns can lead to fruitful cooperation, even in one of the world’s most turbulent regions

Books and products

Focus On Your World

Black Sea, Green City?
Halyna Alomova, Ukraine