How to move from social vulnerability to resilience

A debate hosted by RIO+Centre will discuss the challenges for public policy raised by the 2014 Human Development Report 

Following the recent launch of the 2014 Human Development Report, the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre) will host the debate, “From Social Vulnerability to Resilience: What the Human Development Report 2014’s Outcomes Point Out.” It will take place on Monday, 25 August at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in Rio de Janeiro city.

“Our debate will emphasize the importance of establishing efficient public policies to reduce social vulnerability and make low-income populations more resilient to climate change, water scarcity and more frequent global financial crises,” says RIO+Centre’s Director Rômulo Paes Sousa. Sousa will make comments on the presentation by George Molina, United Nations Development Programme Chief Economist of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Molina’s presentation will also be commented on by Sergei Soares, President of the IPEA, and Tiago Falcão, Extraordinary Secretary for Overcoming Extreme Poverty at the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS).

According to Sousa, the event will also highlight the main findings of the 2014 HDR and its implications for Brazil “while discussing how to shift the conversation beyond discourse to concrete action in terms of policies and practices that help push citizens out of vulnerability, to resilience and ultimately human dignity and freedom.” The event will leverage the coalition-type approach that HDR represents in its contributions across the spectrum of actors and issues, including climate change, development finance, and urban issues.

“By inviting the Brazilian Government to the event, we recognize the relevant role played by successful public policies carried out in the country, such as Bolsa Família [Family Allowance Programme], the Bolsa Verde [Green Grant] and Água para Todos [a programme aimed at installing 1 million cisterns in the semi-arid region],” added Sousa. These programmes work as instruments to diminish social vulnerability and enhance low-income communities’ resilience.

The 2014 HDR “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” had its global launch on 24 July in Tokyo, Japan. Published by the UNDP, it provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.

According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, according to the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index, almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. Many people face either structural or life-cycle vulnerabilities.

Debate

A debate hosted by RIO+Centre will discuss the challenges for public policy raised by the 2014 Human Development Report

[Da Vulnerabilidade Social à Resiliência: o que apontam os resultados do Relatório de Desenvolvimento Humano 2014]

Moderator: Ana Inés Mulleady (UNDP)

Presentation: George Molina (UNDP)

Comments:

  • Rômulo Paes-Sousa (Centro Rio+)
  • Sergei Soares (IPEA)
  • Tiago Falcão (MDS)

Venue: Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada – IPEA

Monday, 25 August 2014 – 16h00-18h00

Address: Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 51, Auditório do 10º andar-Centro,

Rio de Janeiro/RJ

The speakers 

Ana Inés Mulleady is the Deputy Resident Representative at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brazil.

George Gray Molina is the Chief Economist in the UNDP’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York.

Rômulo Paes de Sousa is the Director of the RIO+ World Centre for Sustainable Development.

Sergei Soares is the President of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA).

Tiago Falcão is the Extraordinary Secretary for Overcoming of Extreme Poverty at the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS).

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