UNDP celebrates the 4th anniversary of its global hub in Rio de Janeiro

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A Legacy of the Rio+20 Conference

Four years ago, the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development – the RIO+ Centre, opened its doors in the Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro. The RIO+ Centre was created as a legacy of the landmark Rio+ 20 Conference of 2012 to keep the commitment to sustainable development alive in both action and ideas.  

Established on 24 June 2013 in Rio as a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Brazil, the RIO+ Centre is one of the six UNDP global policy centres, working in close collaboration with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York and the UNDP Country Offices in 166 countries. The policy centres contribute to shaping UNDP’s global thought leadership and development policy advisory functions by providing evidence-based support and analytics for the positioning of the organization and articulation of UNDP's discourse in global development processes. From their basis in Oslo, Singapore, Seoul, Nairobi, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro, these six global hubs provide research support and leverage partnerships to support better use of the organization’s funding for emerging priorities and innovation.

Rio de Janeiro has a long and powerful trajectory in shaping the global discourse and action on sustainable development. Since the groundbreaking 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit or Eco-92), Rio has been at the forefront of global diplomacy in the field of environmental protection and advancing a sustainable development agenda that integrates the environment, social and economic dimensions of development. Twenty years after the 92 Conference, Rio de Janeiro hosted one of the most successful conferences in the history of the United Nations, the Rio+ 20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development).

The Rio+ 20 Conference was the birthplace of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The global process and multilateral negotiations to set the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda kicked off in Rio de Janeiro during this global event that brought together a record number of Heads of State and Government as well as a record number of citizens, civil society organizations, businesses and minority groups. 

Throughout its four years of existence, the UNDP global hub in Rio de Janeiro has dedicated itself to inspiring and informing policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice. Working in close collaboration with partners in Brazil and all over the globe, the RIO+ Centre has proudly played a catalytic role in developing creative approaches to citizen engagement in the SDGs. The Centre has also delivered outstanding results in convening broad-based dialogue on sustainable development, bringing together national and international players, including central and subnational governments, the private sector, citizens and civil society organizations, with special attention to groups that are normally excluded.

The RIO+ Centre is thankful to UNDP and Brazil for their continuous support and to all partner organizations, volunteers, and citizens who made this successful trajectory possible. Muito obrigado!

Key examples of the RIO+ Centre’s results and creative partnerships in the last four years are displayed below in the format of captivating videos and our global flagship report. Detailed description of our results are provided in the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 action reports. 

Global flagship report on “Social Protection for Sustainable Development”

Music to Advance Sustainable Development


UrbanBay: A Deep Dive into Rio de Janeiro’s Ocean


WeAppHeroes: Citizen Action for the SDGs


ScenaRIO: Sustainability in Action