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06 June, 2000
The sustainable development of cities has reached a crucial point and requires the broadest possible acceptance and consent, Prime Minister Costas Simitis said on Monday.
"Sustainable urban development is a demand for cities which are creative, socially fair, culturally and historically alive and environmentally friendly and responsible. The policies for development and rejuvenation of cities are now on discussion tables in all decision-making centers... Success requires a huge cooperative effort, involving central and local government, the productive forces and local volunteers' agencies.
The depth of the required changes, both in administrative and social practices and in mentality dictate the broadest possible consensus and acceptance," he said during a visit to the Ecological Buildings exhibition in Gazi, Athens, on the occasion of World Environment Day.
"Any reference to their proper development, any attempt of reconciling it with respect for the nature which surrounds them or survives within them must take into account the fact that cities are a complex natural and social habitat," he added.
Source: Athens News Agency