WED 2001 was co-hosted by two cities- Havana, Cuba and Torino, Italy- first of its kind in the history of WED. In the words of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, the idea was that ‘the two main hosts will bridge the needs and environmental aspirations of the developing and developed world’. The theme that year was ‘Connect with the world wide web of life’ and at a time when seamless communication and advent of PCs were relatively new, the theme was really novel. General Assembly President Harri Kolkeri beautifully defined the theme thus- ‘Life is a finely designed web in which each species and ecosystem support one another and at the same time depend on each other’. This definition makes it much more easier to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we connect well with the eco. Let us sum up by repeating what Mr. Kofi Annan said on the occasion- ‘Let us be good stewards of the earth we inherited’ and fulfill our responsibility towards earth.

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