The RIO+ Centre is working closely with the Brazilian Government, to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) debate and the post-2015 agenda, in particular with regard to talks with civil society.
With 2015 around the corner, the SDGs debate is heating up, and time is getting short to define what the goals will be. As the host of Rio+20 Brazil has a central position in the sustainable development debate and the government has been a key player gathering broader engagement around the SDGs.
The first joint initiative of this partnership 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. The joint debate, held in December 2, included Itamaraty’s Secretary-General, Ambassador Eduardo dos Santos and other six Brazilian vice-ministers, including the vice-minister of General Secretariat of Brazil’s Presidency, Mr. Diogo de Sant’Ana and the vice-minister of the Strategic Affairs Secretariat, Mrs. Suzanna Dieckmann Jeolas e Jeolas. Ambassador José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, Undersecretary-General for environment, energy, science and technology at Itamaraty and RIO+ Director, Rômulo Paes de Sousa, were also present.
The event was part of RIO+’s strategy to discuss the SDG agenda with several interested parties. As a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Brazil, the RIO+ Centre is able to leverage a unique cross section of inputs and shape a unique dialogue process around the SDGs. The RIO+ Centre was invited to work with a Brazilian inter-ministerial commission on the matter, involving other ministries.
In the picture, from left to right: Ambassador José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho; vice-minister of General Secretariat of Brazil’s Presidency Mr. Diogo de Sant’Ana; Ambassador Eduardo dos Santos; RIO+ Centre director Rômulo Paes de Sousaand UN Desa’s senior economics officer Diana Alarcón. *Photos by Mariana Hoffmann, from IPC-IG – to see more pictures of the event, click here.
RIO+ and Brazil discuss post-2015 agenda with civil society
As the second joint initiative of this Partnership Brazil’s Secretariat-General of the Presidency and RIO+ held a key meeting on February 11 2014 to engage with civil society actors and their ideas and recommendations on the country’s proposed position regarding the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Representatives from over 40 NGOs, business federations, social movements, academia and other civil society organizations attended the event, held in Rio de Janeiro. The event debated the main obstacles for the promotion of sustainable development in Brazil, as well as what the country could present and stand for in the international tables regarding the post-2015 agenda.
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