Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, on Monday presented King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with a Special Citation in this year’s UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for “his tireless campaigning to promote an environmentally sustainable human habitat”.
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, cited his longstanding commitment to the natural environment and climatic change. Recalling that he had instituted the King Carl Gustaf Environmental Competition and the “Royal Colloquium”, an international environmental symposium held regularly in Stockholm, she said: “King Carl XVI Gustaf has always emphasized in his work the importance of urban–rural linkages to ensure sustainable development.”
She also recalled that the King had recently brought to the foreground the links between climate change, natural disasters and their impacts on cities, towns and rural human settlements, saying everyone had to learn from these events. The Special Citation was presented to him at a ceremony in Stockholm.
The King has expressed particular interest in the educational work of UN-HABITAT and projects linking rural to urban development. As part of international recognition of his commitment to the field of environmental conservation, he was conferred the United States Environmental Protection Agency Award.