Rio do Janeiro, 24 September 2015– The new office of the RIO+ World Sustainable Development Centre is inaugurated on September 24th, a symbolic moment which marks the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by World leaders for the next 15 years in New York.
The new office is inaugurated by Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, the Director of RIO+, and Mr. Jorge Chediek, UNRC Brazil, on departure after 5 years in Brazil and to whom RIO+ team pays tribute for his leadership and commitment for sustainable development and the establishment of this Centre.
Rio do Janeiro has been a historical hub for major world sustainable development events in the last decades. The so-called Marvelous City hosted the World Summit 92 and Rio+20, which paved the way for the SDGs adopted for the next 15 years. The Centre was officially launched in June 2013 by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan and Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira at the Federal University (COPPE/UFRJ), in Rio’s North Zone, as the legacy of the RIO+20 Conference. The new Office located at the heart of the City offers excellent working conditions for the team to deliver its mission to inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice. The new premises are a result of a partnership between the RIO+ Centre, UNDP and the State of Rio de Janeiro, which was formalized during the event.
For the next fifteen years, the RIO+ Centre will contribute to UNDP global development policy advisory functions in shaping the organization’s global thought leadership by providing evidence-based support and development analytics for the global positioning of the organization and articulation of UNDP’s discourse in global development processes. This global policy Centre will create an innovative network of knowledge and expertise, together with the other UNDP global Policy Centres based in Nairobi, Istanbul, Oslo, South Korea and Singapore.