Environmental change is real, global, and demands action. While many battles have been won, we are still losing the planet, argue prominent environmental leaders. A coherent, comprehensive, effective and efficient system of environmental governance is key to ensuring environmental protection and sustainability. Quest for Leadership recounts the story of environmental governance through the eyes of the individuals who created and led national and international institutions for environment and development. It seeks to inspire bold, unflinching leadership in new generations of environmental activists around the world who can shatter stereotypes, create a climate of cooperation and devise an analytically sound and morally grounded agenda for action.

Featured are Bill Ruckelshaus (first and fifth Administrator of the US EPA), John W. McDonald (US Department of State 1947-1974 and 1978-1987), Gus Speth (UNDP Administrator 1993-1999) Neric Acosta (Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats); the five consecutive Executive Directors of the UN Environment Programme: Maurice Strong, Mostafa Tolba, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Klaus Töpfer, and Achim Steiner.

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