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Edith Achamukong, Co-founder of African Female Journalists’ Action on Climate Change, journalist with state media in Cameroon (CRTV)

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Peggy Liu, Chairperson of Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), a non-profit organization, aiming to accelerate the greening of China through international collaboration.

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Maria Margarita Zuleta, Director of Colombia Compra Eficiente, the Colombian national procurement agency and former Director of the Presidential Programme to Fight Corruption under the first term of President Uribe’s government.

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Jacques Barrot, Member of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic and former Vice-President of the European Commission.

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Ali Rym, Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute.

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Edwin Vasquez Campos, General Coordinator of COICA (Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin).

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Gérard Worms, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC France), Vice-Chairman of Rothschild Europe and a Commander of the French Legion of Honour.

La globalisation a contribué à réduire la misère dans les pays émergents, mais elle doit devenir socialement soutenable.




Anna Heringer, Architect, Director of BASEhabitat – Studio for Architecture in Developing Countries and Honorary Professor of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen Architecture”.

Sustainability = Beauty = Happiness




Sampath Perera, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Young Councillors National Platform, committed to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

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Dambisa Moyo, Economist and author of the bestseller “Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the Rest of the World”.

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Juan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, former Mayor of Barcelona, former Spanish Minister of Industry and Tourism and co-founder of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments).

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Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and co-Editor of the First UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3).

You are the pathfinders to our planet’s future.





Serageldin Ismail, Director of the Library of Alexandria, founder and former Chairman of the Global Water Partnership.

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Lauranne Germond, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Coal Prize Art & Environment, rewarding each year a project about the environment by a contemporary artist. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

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Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company.

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Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, former President of the Republic of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and member of The Elders. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

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Keneilwe Moseki, Chief Executive Officer of Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana). (entretien réalisé en anglais)

You are the Possibility of a Greener tomorrow.







Saatçi Ahmet Mete, President of the Turkish Water Institute and Professor of Environmental Engineering at Marmara University. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

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Sofana Dahlan, Founder & CEO Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes and incubates creative entrepreneurs. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

A vision without execution is an illusion







“>Rafiq Husseini, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean for Environment and Water, a multilateral partnership focusing on regional cooperation and prosperity through concrete projects. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

From ancient times farmers planted olive trees for future generations to benefit. Youth must now care for the environment.





Marie Tamoifo Nkom, Founder and President of Association Jeunesse Verte du Cameroun, and NGO focused on raising environmental consciousness among youths in Africa. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Osez pour une foi prendre des décisions justes et équitables pour la planète.





Jeb Brugmann, Urban strategist, Founder of ICLEI-Local Governments for sustainability, gathering 1220 members from 70 countries and Founding Partner of The Next Practice. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Reality appears to justify pessimism, but to live with hope is a birthright. Hope, when applied, produces new realities.





Beatrice Faumuinã, Gold medalist at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics, CEO of BEST Pasifika Leadership Academy and friend of Global Experts, a project of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Empowerment is to encourage, support and be mindful of others, so therefore one can lead with a willing heart and soul.





Toshi Nakamura, Co-Founder and CEO of Kopernik, a pioneer on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Please think outside the box, and come up with your own solutions to foster sustainable development!





Martha Delgado Peralta, Minister of the Enviroment for the Government of Mexico City.

Las decisiones de hoy para el MedioAmbiente impactarán nuestro futuro: tomemos acción hoy.





Jean-Michel Severino, Manager of Investisseurs et Partenaires Conseil, a fund management firm focused on SMEs in Africa and in the Indian Ocean region and former Director of France’s international development agency (AFD).

Il est urgent de changer nos paradigmes de pensées de la croissance économique pour que notre planète puisse survivre.





Christine Clivez-Giachiano, President of RAME (Architecture Music Ecology Meetings).

Conduisez votre vie de manière responsable en accord avec vous-même et votre environnement, à l’écoute de vos ressentis.





Abu Jaber,Director of the Jordan Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, former Senator and former Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Youth birth of life, and hope a new born is a promise of spring: renewal of God’s wondrous variety of creation.





Julia Marton-Lefèvre , Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.

La jeunesse du monde entier doit se mobiliser et s’engager activement pour construire un avenir durable.





Bertrand Piccard , Initiator and president of the Solar Impulse project, a long-range solar powered plane scheduled to a round-the-world flight in 2012, and renowned balloonist. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

We give you a world in a horrible state but with a huge potential. Develop the potential and forgive us for the rest!





Gro Bruntland, Former Chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway and member of The Elders.(entretien réalisé en anglais)

Humanity and Planet Earth now depend upon our youth to take charge of the destiny of their own and future generations.





Leïla Ghandi, Independent author, photographer and documentary director, recipient of the literature prize of the American Agency for International Development (2009). (entretient réalisé en français)

Soyons des grands Hommes, incarnons nos convictions, prenons des risques s’il le faut, osons, car rien n’est impossible.





Yu Kongjian, Professor and Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University and President of the design institute Turenscape. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

We will not inherit the future, the youth must be creative. I want the light future, we must have a green revolution, but it is doomed by the young people to initiate.



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Dala Ghandour, Lawyer and mediator, specialized in family status legal matters, independent candidate for Beirut municipality elections in 2010 and Fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Dare to dream big, this is how the cycle of life and changes is possible! Energy of youth shapes the world and its future.





María Blasco Yago, Paralympic sport technical manager at the Spanish High Council for Sport. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

No penséis que une persona sola no puede hacer nada, porque cada gesto cuenta.



Yonatan Neril, Rabbi, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Access the collective wisdom of the world’s religions to promote sustainability.





Grace Mwaura, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Councillor representing the youth and Commission on Education and Communication member. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Future is tapping into the knowledge and power of the past and present; sustainability is managing this for generations.



Rohit Aggawarla, Special Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and Former Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York (entretien réalisé en anglais)

You have the tools and ability, like no other generation before, to make a difference. So the choice to act is truly yours.



Dalia Mogahed, Directrice exécutive du département des études islamiques de l’institut Gallup, et membre de Global Experts, projet de l’ Alliance des Nations Unies sur les civilizations (entretien réalisé en anglais)

When things change at lightning speed, slow down and decide your values that won’t.





Ma Jun, Environmentalist and Director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, which developed the first public database of pollution information in China. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Globalization has caused the transfer of pollution. The world’s youth expressing their concern for this is a big help!





Janine Benyus, Natural sciences writer, author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature” and founder of the Biomimicry Guild and of the Biomimicry Institute.. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

When faced with a design challenge, go outside. 3.8 billion years of well adapted ideas are waiting for you. Ask nature!





Moufida Goucha, Team Leader for Youth-led Social Innovation at the Social and Human Sciences Sector at UNESCO.(entretien réalisé en anglais)

Plus que jamais, c’est le moment de permettre à la jeunesse de s’engager pour le développement durable et la paix.







Guillermo Perry, Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Utilicen el poder que les ortogan sus conocimientos, su informacion global y las redes sociales para cambiar el mundo!





Maidah Zeinabou , Chief Executive Director of Niger Lait, one of the leaders in the agro-industry business in Niger. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Les jeunes vous êtes redevables du développement durable de vos pays respectifs, concevez-le comme un état d’esprit.





Naomi Tsur, Environmentalist, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (Israel) and Green Pilgrimagsure Network Ambassador. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

When you take over from us, will you have the widsom we lacked and make it your goal to “leave a positive footprint”?





Mohamed Bennani Moa, Artist, Knight of the Moroccan Order of Ouissan Alaouite. (entretien réalisé en français)

Je fais appel à la jeunesse mondiale, respectez l’environnement pour votre propre bien-être et celui de notre planète.





Noeleen Heyzer

Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

The future is in your hands.





Nana-Fosu Randall Founder and President, Voices of African Mothers, an NGO which is Co-Chair of the Women UN Major Group in the Rio+20 Process. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

When you work on symptoms, you create solidarity, but when you work on causes, you create social change.





José Goldemberg, José Goldemberg, Physicist, former Brazilian Interim Secretary of the Environnement during the 1992 Earth Summit. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

A new generation of scientists could solve the problems threatening sustainable development today.





Gabriela Keseberg Dávalos ,Senior Communications Officer at the International Crisis Group, Co-founder & Board Member of the International Young Women Partnership and Fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (entretien réalisé en espagnol)

Desenchúfate. Observa, aprende, comparte. Respira aire puro, camina descalzo, siente la vida en cada paso que das. Viaja.






Mario Garnero, Founder, Chairman of the Board and principal shareholder of the Brasilinvest Group and President of Fórum das Américas and of United Nations Association- Brazil (UNA-Brazil) (entretien réalisé en anglais)

To spread the conviction that we can make the Earth a pleasant place is the challenge of those who will make the future






Amanda Figueras, Journalist at the Foreign Desk section of the Spanish daily El Mundo, founder of the European Affairs section and Fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Do your best to lose arrogance and the effort to understand the others. Trust on you. Never complain… move your brain!






Mie Kajikawa , Social entrepreneur, Founder of “Sport For Smile,” the first-ever platform in Japan to use sport as a tool for a social change, and recipient of the Ernst & Young Groundbreakers Award (2011) (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Appreciate and enjoy the miracle of your life, respect others, and give back to society more than what you are given.






Rajenda Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr. Al Gore (2007), Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Director of Yale Climate and Energy Institute (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Never forget that your actions impact the planet and be inspired by the “Antyodaya” philosophy, focused on the least privileged.




Laurence Brahm, leading advocate of The Himalayan Consensus, an innovative approach to development which emphasizes on empowering people with local pragmatism in place of broad sweeping globalized ideology and theory (entretien réalisé en anglais)

If you really believe in something, go fight for it. Follow your gut instinct. Use the technology; don’t be used by it.






Ronaldo Seroa da Motta, Coordenador de Estudos Ambientais para o IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada) e Professor de Economia Ambiental na Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janeiro (entretien réalisé en portugais)

Vocês vão governar um mundo definido por outras pessoas. Assumam o mais rápido possível o comando deste mundo!




Arianna Huffington , Co-Founder of The Huffington Post, President and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Don’t wait on others, turn to the leader in the mirror. Tap into your leadership potential because the world needs you.






Pavan Sukhdev, 2011 McCluskey Fellow at Yale University, former Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, lead author of their “Green Economy Report” (entretien réalisé en anglais)

2012 could be a turning point in building a global consensus for a green economy. Believe in change.








Israel Klabin, Presidente do Conselho Curador da Fundação Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável e ex-prefeito do Município do Rio de Janeiro (entretien réalisé en portugais)

Assumam a liderança do futuro. Lhes damos as armas para conquistarem a sustentabilidade, a paz e saúde do planeta.




Ellie Johnston, Chair of SustainUS (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Envision a world that works for everyone and hold that vision close—people will try to take it from you, don’t let them.







William Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, USA (entretien réalisé en anglais)

We need to give youth space and legitimacy, so they can be better leaders tomorrow while also showing us the way today.





Melody Moezzi Iranian-American writer, commentator, speaker, activist, author and attorney and Executive Director of the interfaith non-profit organization, 100 People of Faith (entretien réalisé en anglais)
حق گرفتنی است نه دادنی
You deserve a seat at the table. Don’t ask for it. Take it.




Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, Professor of Energy and Environmental Planning and Coordinator of the Environmental sciences Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. (entretien réalisé en français)

Libérez votre créativité, inventez un mode de vie sain pour l’homme et l’#environnement, centré sur l’être,non l’avoir!






Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference and former French Minister of the Environment. (entretien réalisé en français)

Agir, pas gémir.




Jason deCaires Taylor Founder and Artistic Director of Museo Subacuático de Arte of Cancún (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Always search out the small things in life as the large things will always find you anyway.







Jennifer Corriero , Co-Founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Youth have the power to create ripples and waves of change, which is critical to sustainable development.




Michel Scoullos, President of MIO-ECSDE (Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development) and of GWP-Med (Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean) (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Never limit to the necessary, always give the best out of yourself, even in hard times like today.






Amy Gutmann , President of the University of Pennsylvania and professor of political science (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Advances in sustainability will result from integrating new knowledge into practice. Old ways won’t create a new future.






Alejandro Aravena, architect, member of the Pritzker Prize jury and laureate of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008 (entretien réalisé en anglais)

Accept the constraints and start suggesting ideas straight away. Trust in your intuition.






Miguel Ángel Carreón Sánchez Director General del Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud (IMJUVE) (entretien réalisé en espagnol)

ScenaRío 2012 es una firme respuesta a los retos de nuestra generación. Construimos un mundo mejor, más justo y digno.




Marguerite Barankitse, Founder of the NGO Maison Shalom and laureate of the Chirac Foundation Prize for Conflict Prevention (2011). (entretien réalisé en français)

Ayons toujours l’audace de rêver un monde où il fait bon vivre.





André Trigueiro, jornalista ambiental, Globo News, Brasil (entretien réalisé en portugais)

O combustível da vida jorra em abundância no sangue dos jovens. Essa é a energia da transformação. A escolha é sua.




Juan Mayr Maldonado, Embajador de Colombia en Alemania, Ex-Ministro del Medio Ambiente de Colombia, Ex-Presidente de la Comisión de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU, Colombia (entretien réalisé en espagnol)

Encontrar soluciones no es sencillo, necesita interdisciplinaridad, dedicación, perseverancia y respeto cultural.





Pauline Muchina, Member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, Senior Partnership Advisor at UNAIDS and member of Global Experts, a project of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. (entretien réalisé en anglais)

The youth are leaders of today and tomorrow and have the power to shape their world.



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