UNDP promotes Global Goals at Flip marked by debates on social exclusion

Photos by UNDP/Brenda Hada

By Denise Silveira

The UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) took part last week in the 15th Paraty International Literary Festival (Flip), in which it emphasized the importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) by 2030. The UN campaign found fertile ground in a event marked by strong confessional remarks by participants and criticism about racism, discrimination and social exclusion.

During the Festival, the RIO+ Centre, a United Nations Development Programme global policy center , presented the Sustainable Development Goals in a colorful and creative way to visitors and residents of Paraty. The campaign, which aimed to show the population that the global sustainable development agenda is a transformative agenda that belongs to everyone, was also based on the motto of "Leaving no one behind”.

"We present the global agenda to participants and authors as a necessary tool for inclusion that accounts for the public's urges, and not as a distant agenda coming from a UN report” said Layla Saad, deputy director of the RIO+.

"Every effort for sustainability must begin with the human being. To address sustainability is to address the people and their problems, "said Iolly Amâncio, lead singer of Banda Gente and one of the representatives of the open group of musicians “Baixada Nunca se Rende”, present at the literary fair.

In addition to the campaign for the SDGs, a special panel organized by the UN in partnership with Casa Libre & Cloud of Books entitled "Creative Territories and Sustainability" featured the just released documentary “#BXD-Baixada Never Gives up, created and directed by Christian Tragni and Juliana Spinola. The panel was presented by the artists Iolly and Da Ghama, who represented the open group of musicians #BXDNuncaSeRende and the musical effervescence of Baixada Fluminense, a region traditionally stigmatized for social exclusion and lack of investments, just to name a few. The moderation was made by the vice-director of the Rio+ Center, Layla Saad.

"Including themes such as sustainable development in an international literary event of this magnitude is a major advance on this agenda. Inspiring people who were previously marginalized to use art and culture as means to trigger sustainability is an immeasurable gain and a positive sign of success for the United Nations. I realize that we are indeed on the right track in implementing creative methodologies for engaging civil society” said Layla.

According to the State Secretary of Culture, André Lazaroni, initiatives like this are necessary to address the financial constraints that governments currently face. "The campaign for global goals and projects such as' Music to Advance Sustainable Development 'strengthen citizens' critical sense and proactivity for a better life." 

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