Amidst the wave of negative news plaguing Rio de Janeiro, the city will be bringing together six sectors of society to support the sustainable development future of the city. The Rio Sustainability Forum will feature 40 speakers in 7 different pannels on 13-14 July 2016 at the Rio Chamber of Commerce (ACRio). The Rio Pact is an example of multi-stakeholder mobilization for sustainable development at a metropolitan level. It is a civil society-led movement originated a year ago to promote and monitor sustainable development in the metropolitan region of Rio. It aims to bring together stakeholders on an annual basis to review progress and commitments on the key challenges for the sustainable development of the region and its suburbs.
The RIO+ Centre in its role as convener of the international organizations sector of the Rio Pact is offering a panel dedicated to the 2030 Agenda and the key role of cities for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel is bringing together representatives of 6 UN initiatives underway in Rio de Janeiro, identifying good practices and existing tools to support the localization of the SDGs. In line with the overall objectives of the Rio Pact and the Rio Sustainability Forum, the panel is an initial step towards offering a more coordinated UN system approach for rolling out the SDGs in Rio de Janeiro – a more integrated approach to a more integrated agenda.
The launch of the 2030 Agenda provides a renewed and ambitious commitment on the part of international organizations to support the implementation of the sustainable development agenda at city level. UN Agencies, governments, many CSOs, and bilateral organizations are rallying their commitments and framing their plans around the SDG agenda. More than ever it is recognized that municipalities are key players in sustainable development, and a standalone goal, SDG 11 has been dedicated to “Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable”.
For the director of RIO + Centre, Romulo Paes de Sousa, a unique aspect of the Rio Sustainability Forum will be the active participation of civil society and the private sector in the construction of sustainable development:
“The Agenda 2030 is an agenda for all countries and for all people. The city of Rio de Janeiro had a very important role in the construction of this new UN agenda, which will guide the development actions of the United Nations system and national governments for the next 15 years. It was in Rio de Janeiro, during the historic Rio + 20 Conference, where the construction of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals began. They are now the backbone of the UN’s work worldwide”. Romulo Paes de Sousa
Eduarda La Rocque, president of Cariocas em Ação and founder of Pacto do Rio, said the agreements will help the city deal with complex issues based on targets to be fulfilled.
“Only the cooperation between sectors as a new form of governance can solve the main contemporary challenges, such as social inequality and violence. We believe that the success of efforts to reduce inequalities depends on cooperation between the various society sectors. Let’s get out of this event with commitments signed that will go beyond intentions listed on a paper. Let’s put into practice”. Eduarda La Rocque
Rio de Janeiro is world-renowned for its struggles with poverty, inequality and urban slums. Yet as the host of the UN Sustainable Development conferences that led to the SDG and as the current chair of the C40 Group, it is also recognized for its leadership on sustainable development and municipal coalitions. Innovative efforts for more inclusive sustainable development in Rio can serve as a role model to other cities, by taking action on the city’s greatest sustainable development challenges and effectively addressing the deeply rooted, historical inequalities, and associated issues such as violent crime and lack of sanitation.
How to participate?
The Rio Sustainability Forum will take place on 13-14 June at the Rio Chamber of Commerce (ACRio). The event will feature 40 speakers in 7 different panels. The full agenda is available here.