At the opening ceremony, Foreign Affairs Minister thanked the Centre for its support to Brazilian negotiations on post-2015 development agenda
Chairing the first session of the meeting, Minister Figueiredo thanked UNDP for its central role in the conceptualization and operation of the RIO+ Centre. He also thanked the RIO+ Centre for its support to the Brazilian coordination inthe negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and implementation of Rio+20 decisions.
The Minister Tereza Campello recalled that the Rio+ 20 agenda was a huge investment by the federal government and UNDP. “We have two important legacies to preserve: the construction of the RIO+ Centre, important for the strategy of keeping alive the triple agenda of growth, inclusion and conservation and the negotiation process on the sustainable development goals.”
Following Ms Campello, the Minister Izabella Teixeira stressed that “the Centre was created to generate discussion around decision making on sustainable development policies rather than be guided by specific products or interests.”
Soon after the ministers’remarks, Mr Martínez-Solimán highlighted the leadership of Brazil in the global development agenda. “The new challenges UNDP wants to embrace are the challenges of a cooperation for multipolar development, a cooperation which includes new and big actors and a converging agenda among the distinct UN agencies around a common agenda”, said the BPPS director. He went on saying that on this common agenda, Brazil is a necessary actor, an indispensable actor, a global actor, which implicates global responsibilities in world development. Mr Martínez-Solimán concluded his speech stating that “the RIO+ Centre resumes a legacy of hope, freedom, development, modernity and inclusion, calling us to cooperation”.
The opening was followed by the first meeting of the board. The Board consists of high level representatives from the UN and the Brazilian government. From Brazil, the Board’s members are Francisco Gaetani, Vice-Minister of Environment; Ambassador José Antônio Marcondes (co-chair) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA); Carlos Marcio Cozendey from the Ministry of Finance; and Paulo Jannuzzi from the Ministry of Social Development (MDS). At the meeting, Mr. Cozendey was represented by his Board’s deputy, Aloisio Lopes Pereira de Melo.
From the UN, the members are Mr Martínez-Solimán and Jorge Chediek, Resident Representative of the UNDP in Brazil. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, Director of the RIO+ Centre, Layla Saad, Deputy Director, and Haroldo Machado Filho, the Centre’s Focal Point at the UNDP Brasília office, also participated in the meeting. Two other UN representatives will soon be nominated. See at the end of this text a box on the roles of the Board and a detailed list of its members.
The Board has the role of approving the Centre’s annual reports and its work plan as well as recommendations for its implementation. Apart from this review and approval role, the Board works with the Centre’s Management Team to establish priorities for the Centre’s work and provides guidance in its resource-mobilization strategy for the financing of future activities and projects. The Board will also help the Centre to improve its relationship with current and potential partners both at the international and national levels.
In its inaugural meeting, Board Members considered presentations by Dr Paes de Sousa and Ms Saad on the achievements and progress made by the Centre, ongoing challenges and the main lines of action. In response, the Board made several recommendations including the improvement of the balance of its activities across the three strands of the sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and to increase collaboration with the private sector.
About the Board
The RIO+ Governing Board is comprised of eight (8) high level officials from the United Nations and the Government of Brazil. A co-chair from each of these partner founding members has been selected to chair and guide the meetings of the Board, which has the following roles:
- Approve the Centre’s annual reports;
- Analyse, supervise and approve the work plan with recommendations for its implementation;
- Review and recommend strategies and priorities as needed;
- Ensure the alignment of the Centre with the approved strategies;
- Guide the Centre in obtaining new resources and financing for future activities and projects, as well as advising the Management Unit on the financial sustainability of the Centre;
- Help the Centre to improve its relations with current and potential partners, as well as interested parties, both at the international and national levels;
- Support and advise the Centre’s Management Unit as needed;
- Establish guidelines for the continuous improvement of the Centre’s governance arrangements.
Francisco Gaetani, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment, and Carlos Klink, Secretary for Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment (deputy)
Ambassador José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho (co-chair), Under-Secretary-General for the Environment, Energy, Science and Technology at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and José Raphael Azeredo, Director of the Department of Environment of the MoFA (deputy)
Paulo Jannuzzi, Secretary for Evaluation and Information Management of the Ministry of Social Development (MDS), and Marcia Muchagata, Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the MDS (deputy)
Carlos Marcio Cozendey, Secretary of International Affairs of the Ministry of Finance, and Aloisio Lopes Pereira de Melo, General Coordinator of Environment and Climate Change at the Ministry of Finance (deputy)
Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), and Nik Sekhran, Chief of Profession for Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (deputy)
Jorge Chediek, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Ana Inés Mulleady, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP (deputy)
United Nations: Representative of a UN agency in Brazil – UNEP, ILO or UN-Habitat (to be nominated)
UNDP: Representative of the UNDP to be appointed by the Director of the BPPS/UNDP (to be nominated)