RIO+ Centre Newsletter 3 – December 2013




RIO+ to work with Itamaraty in the post-2015 agenda

The first joint initiative with Brazil’s Foreing Relations Ministry, the Itamaraty, was a high level debate about the SDGs in a meeting with representatives of 22 Brazilian ministries, including seven vice-ministers, and a presentation by Dr. Diana Alarcón, senior economics officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Desa), in Brasilia. Click here to read.

RIO+ discusses SDGs in the municipal level 

– In mid-November, the RIO+ Centre was invited to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the National Movement for Citizenship and Solidarity, a movement that aggregates 360 social organizations and regional entities, in Brasilia. Read more here.


RIO+ opens debate on Health and Sustainable Development

 – The RIO+ Centre opened, in November 25, an international event to discuss health issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 agenda, tying together the effects of social protection policies on public health indicators. Read the full article here.



RIO+ receives contributions for strategic planning

– The RIO+ Centre held, in December 3, a consultation workshop to get inputs and recommendations to further refine its mandate, mission and future mode of operation. Read more by clicking here.




 – World Forum on Human Rights: RIO+ Centre director Dr. Romulo Paes de Sousa debated SDGs and the post-2015 agenda, in Brasilia, in December 11, 2013. Click on the image to access the events website

RIO+ and the social engagement for change


RIO+ Centre policy specialist, Ms. Leisa Perch, participated on November 29, in a debate entitled “Municipalizations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and building the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, during an event with Brazilian NGOs and government officials in Sao Paulo – the “ONG Brasil 2013”.   The event hosted by the General Secretariat of the Office of the President is one of a series of events on the post-2015 Agenda.

For the RIO+, this engagement and the other activities mentioned in this newsletter are part of our contribution to the global SDG agenda and reflect our approach of expanding voice and dialogue within and around the sustainable development agenda. Read more.



In the media


– UN Desa’s Diana Alarcón and RIO+ Director Rômulo Paes de Sousa were interviewed by Associated Press‘ reporter Renata Brito on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) debate and the preparations for the Post-2015 agenda, in Rio de Janeiro. The interviews will be used to compose and subsidise upcoming news reports about the SDGs.

– The RIO+ Centre was mentioned in two Christian Science Monitor stories, on a series of analytical reports the magazine made on Brazil’s cash transfer programme Bolsa Família. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, director of the RIO+ Centre, was interviewed by the correspondent Stephen Kurzcy on the effects and results of the programme. To read the news features, click here and here.

– IPC-IG video mentions RIO+ Centre Leisa Perch’s research on inclusive green growth research projects. Watch the video here

The World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) is a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development and was set up to inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice.  It works with governments, civil society and the private sector to stimulate dialogue and action on alternative development pathways.  As a global centre based in the south, RIO+ aims to bolster South-South Cooperation and facilitate the participation of the global south in international efforts on sustainable development.


RIO+ Centre team:

Director: Romulo Paes de Sousa

Deputy Director: Layla Saad

Policy Specialist: Leisa Perch

Laura Hildebrandt: Rio Dialogues, on assignment

Program Associate: Ione Nascimento

Administrative Clerk: Wilians Alves

Communications: Sérgio Spagnuolo



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