We live in urgent times. The international situation is becoming more complex and more worrisome. Issues related to sustainable development are being pushed aside while we attend to multiplying economic, social and geopolitical problems. The sum of the concurrent crises that have been engulfing everything from climate to the economy is creating an existential spiral of need for change.
Nowhere is this seen more clearly then in cities, where links previously considered unrelated – energy and jobs, water and sanitation and healthcare, urban development and security, governance and development. Cities are thus becoming natural partners for civil society in promoting a truly holistic approach, not only taking into account short-term interests, but providing opportunity sustainable and inclusive prosperity, on the basis of decoupling economic development from the use of energy and materials.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing towards what will be, and GCI is ready to assist in walking this road.
President Mikhail Gorbachev
Founding President, Green Cross International