RIO+ Centre Newsletter 4 – February 2014




Rio Dialogues to heat up the sustainable 
development debate once again

Building upon the legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the RIO+ Centre relaunched the Rio Dialogues ( platform with a new, redesigned layout and with the renewed goal of engaging the civil society and the general public into the sustainable development debate.

One of the first objectives of the relaunched platform will be to convene the contribution of the civil society around the post-2015 agenda, as part of a RIO+ initiative with the Brazilian government.

Read more about it.

RIO+ and Brazil government to discuss post-2015 agenda with civil society

– Brazil’s Secretariat-General of the Presidency and RIO+ will hold a key meeting on February 11 to engage with civil society actors and their ideas and recommendations on what shoud be the country’s position regarding the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Know more.


RIO+ addresses violence monitoring in UNDP, OAS and Fiocruz event

– Access to justice and the measuring of crime and violence will be key in the post-2015 agenda, but countries have to shape their objectives and select the best ways to monitor and compare violence indicators, said Dr. Romulo Paes de Sousa, diretor of the RIO+ Centre, during event in Rio de Janeiro. Details here.



New on board

Marcio Pontual is the most recent staff member of the RIO+ Centre, working as Sustainable Development Goals Advisor. He started in the beginning of February.Marcio was previously at Brazil’s CGEE – Center for Strategic Studies and Management Science, Technology and Innovation. He also worked at Oxfam International and the Brazilian government, and is a former intern at UNDP. He hold a Msc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor in International Relations from Brasilia University.



– Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) – RIO+ will attend a high level meeting about financing sustainable development, from 13 to 15 of February.

The event is organized by Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, and will be held in Rio de Janeiro. RIO+ has been invited by to make contributions and recommendations on the subject.

– Expert Group Consultation On Gender and Environment: RIO+ Centre policy specialist Leisa Perch will take part in an international Expert Group Consultation on the gender-environment nexus, as part of the preparation for the first Global Gender and Environment Outlook.

 The consultation will be held in Switzerland and is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It will gather a group of highly qualified specialists to inform the framework for the report, relevant issues and trends to be included as well partnerships.



In the media

– RIO+ has opened its social media channels. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Soon on Youtube, Flickr and LinkedIn.



In the picture: Sebatian Haug; María Sacasa, Marcia de Castro, from UNDP Mexico; Romulo Paes de Sousa and Ione Nascimento, from RIO+

UNDP Mexico visits RIO+ Centre – UNDP Mexico Resident Coordinator Marcia de Castro visited the RIO+’s offices, on January 10, Rio de Janeiro, seeking to know more about the centre’s governance and mandate. She was accompanied by the Deputy Resident Representative María del Carmen Sacasa and UNDP Mexico’s Policy and Research Specialist Sebastian Haug.


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

SDGs Advisor: Marcio Pontual

Administrative Clerk: Wilians Alves

Communications: Sérgio Spagnuolo




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