The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) constitutes a milestone to assess progress in response toAgenda 21. Over the last decade, this Agenda has inspired innumerable global initiatives and local innovations in the search for more sustainable forms of social, economic and environmental development. Since the adoption of the Habitat Agenda, a systematic effort has also been made to document these initiatives and innovations, providing a wealth of knowledge, experience and lessonsfor further reflection, action and consolidation.

This book examines some of these lessons and their institutional and policy implicationsin the belief that more sustainable forms of development will increasingly depend on creating strong links between local initiatives and national and international responses.

Prefaced by Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director UN-Habitat, this book is a companion of Implementing the Habitat Agenda: In Search of Urban Sustainability, also jointly produced by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) University College London and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) with financial support from the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department (IUDD) of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Like its companion, this book is intended for decision-makers at all levels, community leaders and women and men concerned with and engaged inenvironmental and development issues, be it in preserving the global commonsor in improving the local living environment. We hope that the ideas and case studies presented stimulate furtheraction and debate for a sustainable and urbanised world.

This book makes the case for sustainable urbanisation by bridging the Green and Brown Agendas. It advocates that in a rapidly urbanising world, the quest for more sustainable development will increasingly depend on how well we manage and govern cities. It shows, through the analysis of more than 70 case studies, that these approaches are already being implemented throughout the world. It argues, however, that the impact of many of these experiences have been confined to the place and society where they took place, yet they all offer lessons that could be transferred to others. Towards the end, the book presents a set of interlinked approaches to scaling up sustainable urbanisation strategies to a global level.

For more information on the publication published by the Development Planning Unit (DPU): www.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/rio10.htm

 

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