Why is it so important to make our
Half the population lives in cities,
and most of the consumption of resources and production of wastes
takes place in cities. Do you think it is really possible for mega-cities
like New York, Cairo, Mexico City, or Sao Paolo to become ecologically
Tell us about ICLEI.
In the implementation of Local Agenda
21, how important is it for the community stakeholders to define
a shared common vision of the future of their city? Have there been
any success stories where a top-down plan was made by the mayor
or local authority?
ICLEI's Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide,
published in 1996, recommends a set of Local Agenda 21 Campaign
Milestones, starting with the formation of a multi-sector stakeholder
group, performing a sustainability audit of the city, forging a
shared community vision of the future, implementing the vision,
followed up by community-based monitoring and evaluation. Do you
still recommend this approach?
How important is it to identify a set
of indicators that all the stakeholder groups will agree as being
valid, in order to perform a sustainability audit of the city at
the start of the process? In other words, after you form the stakeholder
Can you give me some examples of cities
where this process was most successfully done, where a shared community
vision was actually created and then put into action?
What about the capital cities in Europe?
Are any of them following ICLEI's advice and doing a real multi-stakeholder
What are the main obstacles in doing
Local Agenda 21, the main things that hold it back?
How do you feel, personally, about
the state of the world since Rio?
What is the Action Project that you
launched here at Johannesburg?