RIO+ Centre Newsletter - No.5 - March | 2014 -


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Seeking to improve the sustainable development debate and practice at the international level, RIO+ and
the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) will work together to
implement international climate-smart agriculture (CSA) projects in 2014, focusing on dialogue promotion
and on the production of quality assessments on gender-based issues in Africa.
Read full article here.

RIO+ participates in high profile event to launch the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network in the Amazon

- RIO+ Deputy Director Layla Saad participated as a panelist in the Launch of the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Amazonia, in the northern city of Manaus, Brazil on March 18.

Also speaking at the event were H.E. Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment of Brazil and Professor
Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of SDSN and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who
gave a keynote address.

The objective of the initiative is to develop a sustainable development solutions network for the
Amazon (SDSN- Amazonia). The SDSN-Amazonia will convene a regional network of knowledge centers.
This knowledge network will focus on accelerating the design and implementation of sustainable
development solutions.

RIO+ and the BRICS Academic Forum

RIO+ promotes debate about BRICS and
the Green Transformation

- RIO+, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the
Steps Centre hosted, on March 20th, an international
round-table to explore the BRICS constribution
regarding green transformation. More details to come
in the next newsletter issue, as RIO+ will release the
full conferece report.

Civil Society and the Global Agenda
- RIO+ Deputy Director, Layla Saad, spoke as a panelist
at an event entitled: Civil Society and the Global
Agenda: reshaping the development policy paradigm,
on March 20, in Rio de Janeiro. The event was co-
hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS),
Sussex and Articulação SUL and it sought to trigger
debate on the roles played in effective development
cooperation by Civil Society Organizations, think-tanks
and businesses from middle-income countries
particularly in the lead up to events such as the BRICS
Summit and the Global Partnership for Effective
Development Cooperation (GPEDC) High Level Meeting
to take place in Mexico City in April 2014. Ms.
Saad spoke about CSO action and cooperation around
sustainable development and the intergovernmental
process around the SDGs and post 2015. The event was
attended by several national and international NGOs
from India, South Africa and the UK.

Is 'going green' enough?

By Leisa Perch - Policy Specialist, RIO+ Centre

- There is no doubt that the green economy as a
paradigm is picking up pace, as more and more countries
undertake scoping assessments, declare green intentions

- RIO+'s Director, Dr. Rômulo Paes
de Sousa, coordinated two sessions
of World Bank's South-South
Learning Forum 2014, on 17th
March, in Rio de Janeiro.

One panel discussed Brazil's social
protection programs, presented by
H.E. Tereza Campello, Brazil's Social
Development Ministry.

The other panel debated social
protection and labor systems and
the ways to overcome fragmentation
and achive better results, presented
by Dr. Arup Banerji, the World Bank's
global Director for Social Protection
and Labor.

On the News
Shigeru Ban wins world
class architeture award

- Japanese architect Shigeru Ban
won the 2014 Pritzker prize, a
world-class recognition of the
importance of sustainability in
architecure. Read full article in The

In September 2013, RIO+ brought
the renowned Japanese architect
Shigeru Ban to Rio de Janeiro to
discuss innovative solutions for
urban architecture, including
energy efficient buildings and
temporary structures for events and
for humanitarian relief in conflict
and disaster areas.

through zero or low-carbon targets, pledge to make
development greener or simply explore the
opportunities for cleaner development and business
opportunity through renewable energy.

According to all of the mainstream green thinking, which
is largely economic, greening is the key for low-income
countries, particularly for energy.

Read the full article here.


By Popolon (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

BRICS could lead the way on green

By Adrian Ely - STEPS Centre, University of Sussex

- On the sidelines of the World Cup in Brazil this year,
another competition will be the subject of
conversation amongst the delegations attending this
year’s BRICS summit, also in Brazil. Which of the
‘rising powers’ is winning the ‘clean energy race’?

The sixth summit meeting of the group known as the
‘BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa) was recently postponed from March to July,
which will have seen the culmination of a month of
football, with the world's eyes on Brazil.

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RIO+ participates in UNEP event on
the Global Gender and Environment

- RIO+ participated, between February 18 and 21st, in
the Expert Group meeting on the development of the
first ever Global Gender and Environment Outlook
(GGEO), hosted by United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), in Geneva.
Read about it here.

The World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) is a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference on
Sustainable Development and was set up to inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to
greater social, environmental and economic justice. It works with governments, civil society and the
private sector to stimulate dialogue and action on alternative development pathways. As a global
Centre based in the South, RIO+ aims to bolster South-South Cooperation and facilitate the
participation of the global south in international efforts on sustainable development.

RIO+ Centre team:
Director: Romulo Paes de Sousa
Deputy Director: Layla Saad
Policy Specialist: Leisa Perch
Rio Dialogues Specialist: Laura Hildebrandt (on assignment)
Program Associate: Ione Nascimento
SDGs Advisor: Marcio Pontual
Administrative Clerk: Wilians Alves

Sérgio Spagnuolo