2009 – Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka

In 2009 the Göteborg Award celebrated its ten-year jubilee. This year, the prize highlighted the need for more sustainable cities and urban environments and was shared equally between three people who within their own specific contexts had answered to the enormous challenges that come with the global urbanization. The award winners were Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Tanzania, Enrique Peñalosa, Colombia and Søren Hermansen, Denmark.

Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka is a Tanzanian politician and former under-secretary-general of the United Nations. She has played a central role in the development of the UN-HABITAT, the world organisation's settlement program with mandate to promote socially and environmentally sustainable cities and towns. Under her watch, the importance of UN-HABITAT's active role has grown tremendously.

Based on the Millennium Declaration's goal 2020 to lift 100 million sluminhabitants out of poverty, Dr. Kajumulo Tibaijuka - pugnacious, aggressive and with a prominent African and third world perspective - has lead a successful global undertaking that includes water supplies and empowering women to improve their sorroundings. 

Moreover, as one of the initiators of Cities in Climate Change, Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka is advancing the practical climate work being carried out in major cities.

Jury's motivation

Our jubilee prize, one million Swedish crowns, is shared equally between Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Tanzania, Enrique Peñalosa, Bogotá, Colombia and Søren Hermansen, Samsø, Denmark.

Each one comes from a separate continent and they are, locally and globally, knowledgeable, engaged and impatient doers. They are ambassadors for one of the most decisive factors for humanity – the battle for sustainable development in the cities and towns around the globe. These urban environments are already home to half the people in the world, they represent 75 percent of all energy consumption and generate 80 percent of all greenhouse gases. The problems are extremely complex and require urgent but long-term stable solutions.

"The Göteborg Award – 'The Nobel Prize in Environment' – celebrates its ten year jubilee in 2009. We are thrilled to award our jubilee prize to these brilliant visionaries, strategists and system transformers,” said Stefan Edman, at the time Chairman of the Award Jury since its conception in 2000.