1 Nov 2017
And now – the Southern Brazil Centre launch!
Hot on the heels of the opening of our Regional Office at the University of São Paulo is the launch of our first Centre – for the Southern Region of Brazil – in Curitiba. Connected to the Regional Office at USP, this is the first step in establishing the hub and spoke system for a partnered, network approach to regional delivery of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme.
Hosted by Copel, Companhia Paranaense de Energia – in partnership with Paranacidade and the Paraná State Council for Economic and Social Development (CEDES) – the new centre will foster inter-municipal collaboration in the three southern states of Brazil – Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul – and multi-sector partnerships and projects to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda.
The Centre has very strong local support and builds on many years of patronage by the Paraná state government to support municipalities engagement in the Cities Programme and the advancement of the programme across Brazil.
Signing at Iguaçu Palace – 30 October 2017
“Paraná has the tradition of being a state that takes care of the environment. Therefore, we adhere promptly to the covenant. We have engaged the 399 municipalities to achieve this goal of meeting the SDGs ” said Governor Beto Richa.
The proposal for the establishment of this co-hosted Centre was recently presented to the Cities Programme by Copel’s President Antônio Guetter on behalf the Governor of Paraná in New York (see article).
Formal inauguration – 31 October 2017
The Southern Brazil Centre of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme was launched with an event at Copel on Tuesday 31 October 2017 and attracted a full house of representatives from government, private sector, academia and civil society.
The inauguration opening was very uplifting with the Copel choir singing three songs. Presenters came from across the state and the country:
- Antonio Guetter, President, Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel (Curitiba)
- João Carlos Ortega, Paraná State Secretary for Urban Development – SEDU and Superintendent of the Autonomous Social Service – Paranacidade (Curitiba)
- Marcel Henrique Micheletto, President, Association of Paraná Muncipalities, also representing the Brazil National Confederation of Municipalities and Brazil National Commission for the Sustainable Development Goals (Assis Chateaubriand)
- Keli Guimarães, Vice President, Paraná State Council for Economic and Social Development – CEDES (Curitiba)
- Barbara Dunin, Partnerships Coordinator, Global Compact Local Network Brazil (São Paulo)
- Samantha Salve, Technical Cooperation Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme – UNDP (Brasilia)
- Rosane de Souza, Co-Director, Regional Centre of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme (São Paulo, Curitiba)
- Elizabeth Ryan, Deputy Director, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme (International Secretariat, Melbourne, Australia)
Below: Copel media coverage of the UN Global Southern Brazil Centre inauguration
Hosted by anchor institution, Copel
Copel is a welcome and fitting host for the Southern Brazil Centre. Paraná’s largest organisation, Copel is a recognised employer of choice (voted as one of Latin America’s top organisations for a number of years) and leader in corporate social responsibility practice. The State’s energy and telecommunications provider, Copel has been with the United Nations Global Compact since 2000 and was one of the founders of the Global Compact Local Network Brazil.
At the opening, CEO and President of Copel, Dr Antonio Guetter spoke of partnerships and his belief that the Southern Brazil Centre will enable cities to participate in projects.
“This is a partnership that has been going on for years and works very well. From now on, having a physical space in Copel (an organisation) that is an international reference in sustainability, will bring municipalities close to this project and result in significant advances “.
Copel executives for the Southern Region Centre are Institutional Coordinator, Cristiano Hotz and the Executive Coordinator, Jocéli Bogusz.
The strength of partnership
Above Image (left to right): Samantha Salve (UNDP), Barbara Dunin (Global Compact Local Network Brazil), Rosane de Souza (Brasil Regional Office), Keli Guimarães (CEDES), Elizabeth Ryan (Cities Programme International Secretariat), Antônio Guetter (Copel), João Carlos Ortega (SEDU), Marcel Michelletto (AMP) e Jocéli Bogusz (Copel)
Antonio Guetter’s views were reinforced by Dr João Carlos Ortega, Paraná State Secretary of Urban Development (SEDU) and Superintendent of the Autonomous Social Service – Paranacidade:
“Paraná was the first state to adhere to the United Nations Global Compact and the creation of this space is another advance for the integral development of our 399 municipalities”.
Paranacidade as the autonomous technical arm of state government works intimately with the state’s 399 municipalities, responsible for infrastructure and supporting the developments of municipalities’ master plans. The organisation operates from the capital and six regional centres.
Secretary Ortega is pictured (left) with Vania Gonçalves de Souza who represented the Prefeitura of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul at the signing ceremony and the inauguration. Vania also presented at SDG seminar at the Tribunal de Contas on the previous day.
Porto Alegre has been an innovating city with the Cities Programme since 2005 and will be an important partner in the Southern Brazil Centre, particularly related to building effective inclusive practice and networks to address urban poverty.
Keli Cristina de Souza Gali Guimarães – pictured far left with Adriana Rocio Tavares
dos Santos at our first Centre meeting – also has a strong equity agenda. As Vice-President of the State Council for Social and Economic Development, Keli works across the government and non-government organisation sectors, bringing together all with a role to play in sustainable development. Keli spoke at the inauguration about the state plan for sustainable development and the importance of “leaving no one behind”.
Samantha Salve, Technical Cooperation Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) travelled from Brasilia for the event and spoke passionately about the importance of everyone working together to support the global sustainable development agenda on the local level and also of UNDP’s work with municipalities and the SDGs.
This view was reinforced by Barbara Dunin who spoke about the role of United Nations Global Compact in mobilising the private sector to take leadership in realising the SDGs and the important work of the Global Compact Local Network Brazil in facilitating engagement.
Marcel Henrique Micheletto, President of the Association of Paraná Muncipalities (AMP) and Mayor of Assis Chateaubriand is leading the call to action to all Paraná municipalities to align their planning and priorities with the SDGs.
Prefeito Micheletto (pictured centre) spoke of this important work which aligns with the priorities of the Brazil National Commission for the Sustainable Development Goals and is supported by the National Confederation of Municipalities.
A moment to look to the past – and to the future
During the event, Rosane de Souza, Co-Director of our new Regional Office in São Paulo, was recognised for her years of service to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme as the Brazil Country Contact Point, building multi-sector partnerships and engaging municipalities across Paraná and Brazil.
Elizabeth Ryan thanked Rosane for her fortitude and leadership and presented her with flowers:
“Cross-sectoral collaboration is the foundation of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Experience has shown us that the only way that cities can overcome the big, complex urban challenges is in partnership”.
“It takes a particular, very special skill set to bring all the different actors together. Rosane has been doing this for a number of years, weaving the partnerships and collaboration that have brought everyone here to the point where we are at today. We are all grateful to her – and to the Paraná government who has supported that role to date”.
Professor Patricia Iglecias, the other Co-Director of our Regional Office sent her best wishes for the opening. Patricia was unable to attend as she was representing the Cities Programme and the University of São Paulo at COP 22 in Bonn, Germany.
Elizabeth also spoke about the ‘City Partnerships’ initiative, acknowledging the partnerships that were already forming to support Brazil’s participation in the 2018 offer.
Brazil will be the first country to participate in the ‘City Partnerships’ program following the current pilot in Australia. This innovative capacity development and facilitation program supports the development of investable, robust multi partner sustainable urban development projects.
Below: the core team of the Southern Brazil Centre mark the moment with a group salute