SDG Week: Urban bays at the center of sustainable development

Photo: UNDP/Brenda Hada

By Brenda Hada

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- Celebrating the 2nd anniversary of adoption of the SDGs in September, the UNDP RIO+ Centre promotes events addressing sustainable solutions for urban bays around the world. The activities will gather members of academia and civil society organisations on 25 and 27 this month.

Reassuring the commitment to the "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources" (SDG #14) and to "Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable" (SDG #11), the events will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following the international initiatives regarding the Documentary “Urban Bay” in the First UN Ocean Conference, held in June this year in New York City.

'Rio+ Talks' Public Debate

The RIO+ Centre, in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Institute of Economics (PPED-IE / UFRJ), invites civil society and academic community to engage in the debate “Sustainable Solutions for Urban Bays & the 2030 Agenda". The participants will have the opportunity to access the socio-ecological challenges present in urban coastal environments, such as the Guanabara Bay.

As part of the weekly seminar of the Department of Public Policies, Strategies and Development of the Institute of Economics of UFRJ, the discussion will take place in the main hall, on 25 September, at 4 P.M. and will count on the participation of Carlos Eduardo Frickmann – environmental economist, professor at the PPED-IE/UFRJ and researcher at the INCT-PPED – and of Ricardo Gomes –  marine biologist and author of the documentaries "Urban Sea" and "Urban Bay" – the latter will be partially screened (a 20-minute version) during the seminar. Admissions to the event is free and no prior registration is required.

'Urban Bay' National Première

Featuring wonderful images of the most known and resilient bay of Brazil and a ingenious soundtrack by the musician and songwriter Pedro Luís, the documentary “Urban Bay” will be nationally launched, on 27 September, at 8:30 P.M. at the Espaco Itaú de Cinema, Rio de Janeiro. The film intends to intensify and illustrate the debate on the role of marine and ocean life for sustainable development and to address three major issues affecting the oceans: pollution, ocean acidification and global warming.

The international launch of the documentary took place on 02 June 2017 at the Buenos Aires International Human Rights Film Festival. Also in June, two other exhibitions happened in New York, when the content of the documentary was exhibited and discussed at the United Nations Development Program, on the 1st UN High Level Conference on the Oceans and at the University of Columbia.

The Brazilian avant-premiere will take place as a special exhibition of Filmambiente Festival, with the support of the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and co-produced by the Urban Sea Institute. Admissions are free of charge, but previous registration is required.


Debate "Rio+ Talks: Sustainable Solutions for Urban Bays & the 2030 Agenda"
Date: 25 September 2017
Time: 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Place: Institute of Economics/UFRJ, Salão Pedro Calmon, Av. Pasteur, 250, 2nd floor – Praia Vermelha. Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
Free admission.

National Launch of Documentary "Urban Bay"
Date: 27 September 2017
Hours: 8:30 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Location: Espaço Itaú de Cinema. Praia de Botafogo, 316 – Botafogo. Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
Free admission. Early registration: RSVP to

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