March 19 and 23, the Brasilia Planetarium was transformed into the "SDG
Planet". The space related to the Sustainable Development Goals, based on
SDG6 - Drinking water and sanitation.
The "SDG Planet" was attended by representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector, who have taken part in discussion tables, exhibitions, display of fulldome films and short films. The event took place in a transversal way to the World Water Forum, which took place in the Brazilian capital, between 18 and 23 of this month.
During the four days of programming, visitors to the "SDG Planet" participated in water and governance debates, private sector collaboration to achieve the goals of SDG6, entrepreneurship and water management, and sustainable rural development.
"It is a space of collective effort to promote a quality event, having as a backdrop the integrative and positive narrative of the SDGs. The SDG vision is integrated, but obviously during the World Water Forum, the main objective is SDG6 - Drinking water and sanitation, which dialogues with all other Goals. The proposal of the planetarium is to promote debates and exhibitions that connect issues related to water, based on the axes of Agenda 2030: Peace, People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnerships, "said UNDP Senior Advisor in Brazil, Haroldo Machado Filho.
In the opening ceremony, the governor of the Federal District, Rodrigo Rollemberg, pointed out that Agenda 2030 is an important tool for the achievement of sustainable development. "We are already pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in the Federal District. We work to strengthen the SDG so that we have a new awareness for the precious asset that is under debate, which is water, "he said.
The national secretary of social articulation, Henrique Villa, stressed that "the SDGs are a commitment of government, a unique opportunity for Brazil to integrate the set of actors by 2030."
According to the UN Resident Coordinator in Brazil and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Niky Fabiancic, discussing the synergies between water and sanitation for compliance with SDGs is the main objective of the SDG Planet. "We have a transversal event, with intense programming. The Brasilia Planetarium will be at the center of the discussions this week. All the programming shows the relationship of water and sanitation with all SDGs, in a transversal way, "he said.
The SDG Planet is carried out through a partnership between the Government Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, the Government of Brasilia, the United Nations Development Program and the Rio+ Centre. The event also has the support of the UN System in Brazil, representatives of the private sector, governments and civil society.
During the event the UNESCO World Water Report 2018 - Nature Based Solutions, was released in portuguese with the representatives of UNESCO in the country. UNESCO's report recognizes water not only as an isolated element, but as an integral part of a complex natural process involving evaporation, precipitation and absorption of water by the soil. The presence and extent of vegetation cover - such as pastures, wetlands and forests - influences the water cycle and can be the focus of actions to improve the quantity and quality of available water.
"We need new solutions in water resources management to overcome the new challenges of water security caused by population growth and climate change. If we do nothing, by 2050, about 5 billion people will be living in areas with low water access. This report proposes solutions based on nature for better water management. This is an important task that we all need to do together, in a responsible way, to avoid water-related conflicts, "said the Director-General of UNESCO during the launch at the World Water Forum.
The UN Advisor Group in Brazil for Agenda 2030 launched the Glossary of SDG6 (available in portuguese only), a publication that provides definitions of terms and concepts related to water and sanitation goals. What are universal and equitable access to water, desalination, water use efficiency and integrated water resources management? In order to present, in a propositional way, the internationally agreed definitions of these and other topics, observed in the Brazilian reality, the Advisory Group of the UN System in Brazil on Agenda 2030 launched in the opening event of the "SDG Planet", the glossary of terms Sustainable Development Goals 6 - Drinking water and sanitation. The document also intends to serve as a subsidy for the debate on public policies, in a neutral way, between institutions and individuals. In the evaluation of the UNDP Senior Advisor and co-chair of the UN Advising Group in Brazil for Agenda 2030, Haroldo Machado Filho, presenting the definition of specific terms for each SDG is a fundamental tool for the formulation of public policies with a focus on sustainable development .
Life and Water Site
In the same week, UNDP BR launched the Water is Life website. This is the contribution of the UNDP office in Brazil to the debate on water resources and sanitation. In it, people interested in the subject will find news, reports, opinion pieces, photos, videos, among other materials that promote understanding of the subject and, above all, how UNDP works in this specific area, both in Brazil and in other countries.
In Portuguese, English and Spanish, the site brings together global, regional and local content. The idea is to share information with people of different backgrounds and languages so they know what UNDP and its partners are doing around the world in relation to water. Some solutions can be replicated, others not, but they all inspire managers, researchers, students, anyone, finally, interested in a wider range of examples and reflections on the subject, crucial for the sustainability of the planet. The general public will find in the multimedia space a serious and playful approach to a theme that is the order of the day.
RIO Centre + Urban Water Panel
The panel organized by the RIO+ Centre within the event brought public and private initiatives and civil society projects that show how the preservation and conscious management of water resources present in large cities can be driving progress towards sustainable development. The panel members shared experiences of how cities carry out decontamination, evacuation, and lessons learned from experiences of environmental disasters in rivers, lakes and seas.
Photo credit: UNDP Brazil.