Friday, November 2, 2007

Sustainable development needs more actions, less rhetoric by Fardah

     Bangkok, Nov. 2, 2007 (ANTARA) - As a child in Katmandu, Nepal, Surendra Shrestha was always able to see a white mountain from his home and it took only 15 minutes to go anywhere in the city and just  five minutes to reach spots with views over green valleys.
Katmandu has changed. Trips in the city take at least two hours, and if we look north, we can no longer see the Himalayan.  Their snow caps have disappeared and the rivers have become open sewerages," said Shrestha who is now  Regional Director of UNEP (United Environment Program) for Asia and the Pacific, when  he recalled his childhood recently.