Lorena Lenara

2 Dec 2011
Campo Mourão – Expansion in Brazil

The recent commitment of Brazilian city and municipality, Campo Mourão to become a participant of the UN Global Compact reflects an interesting synchronicity of numbers and a new stage for the Cities Programme.

Prefeito (Mayor) Jòse Nelson Tureck’s commitment to the Global Compact’s Ten Principles establishes Campo Mourão’s as the UN Global Compact Cities Programme’s  51st signatory city and 15th innovating city. It also reflects growth of the Programme in the Brazilian State of Paranà.

Campo Mourào is working in a cross-sectoral collaborative model to build sustainability in their city and region. The Campo Mourao Agenda 21 Local Forum is comprised of 70 or so actors who work in a participatory arrangement with the city government to address a range of challenging community issues, setting priorities for the city and strategies for build social and environmental sustainability. They are tackling pressing issues such as watershed protection, management of solid waste, environmental education, social and environmental issues in slum communities.

City representative on the Agenda 21 Forum, Ms Lydia Mizote explains that “the goal of the Forum is for the city’s growth and development to be guided by the principles of sustainability, reconciling economic development, social justice and environmental respect”.

 

And historical reflection of the city – ‘Campo Mourão – 60 years’

We expect an increasing number of cities in Paranà to become Cities Programme participants following the concept for a Cities Programme supported State sustainability alliance being endorsed by the State’s Governor in May 2011.

There is also a strong commitment by the Brazilian Global Compact Local Network to actively encourage more cities in Brazil to become Global Compact participants.

We welcome and encourage more Brazilian cities to become participants of the Global Compact and believe Brazilian cities have a lot to offer the Cities Programme and current participants given the complexity of issues they deal with and their far-sighted, collaborative approach to urban sustainability.