17 Jul 2014
Four Santa Catarina cities collectively commit to the Global Compact

…and Movimento Quiriri Sustentável is born

The Cities Programme is very pleased to welcome four new city participants from the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina, who have come to the UN Global Compact with an impressive, impact-filled start.

In a meeting of the cities’ Mayors in November 2013, which was  facilitated by the Consórcio Intermunicipal Quiriri, the cities of Campo Alegre, Corupá, Rio Negrinho and São Bento do Sul collectively agreed to commit to the ten principles of the Global Compact on  human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.  They were also supported in this commitment by a number of private  and civil society organisations.

This collective initiative has since grown to the establishment of ‘Movimento Quiriri Sustentável’, which will work  cross-sectorally and strategically  under the umbrella of the Cities Programme to develop the territory which is around the Upper Negro River basin. This is also being coordinated by Consorçio Intermunicipal Quiriri.

These initiatives have been closely supported by Aliança Paraná Sustentável,  the Cities Programme Regional Secretariat in the neighbouring state of Paraná.

Launched on the 26th April 2014,  Movimento Quiriri Sustentável (MQS) (or the Sustainable Quiriri Movement) has a stated objective to:

develop a regional strategic agenda for sustainability in collaboration with civil society, the business sector and academia,  committed to the UN Global Compact principles and with the support of the Cities Programme, to redeem the value and potential of the citizens, districts, municipalities and region of Quiriri region to improve the prosperity and quality of life of its population.

Consórcio Intermunicipal Quiriri will support ´Movimento Quiriri Sustentável´ to build a collaborative strategic agenda aimed at promoting sustainable territorial development, taking as reference the concepts of participatory river basin management for sustainable and shared development, while utilizing tools provided by the Cities Programme.

Consórcio Intermunicipal de Bacia Hidrografica do Alto rio Negro – Consórcio Quiriri –  was established in 1997 as a not for profit civil association with the aim of forming collaborative practices and environmental participatory planning  within the different municipalities. Guided by Federal Law 11.107/05, the Law, Orders and Regulations of Public Consortia, there was a movement to adapt Consorcio Ambiental Quiriri to a new model of Public consortium that was public and multi-functional. This format required a new set of actions for institutional adaptation.

The commitment to the UN Global Compact was made by four municipalities of Santa Catarina, including  the President of Consorcio Intermunicipal Quiriri, Alcides Grohskopf.

When asked what the municipalities hoped to achieve from participating in the UN Global Compact, CIQ Coordinator, Leoni Fuerst said ¨to bring small towns together in developing a strategic agenda for sustainability with the support of the Cities Program and in reference to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact¨.

She sees some of the values of participating in the Cities Programme as: the networking opportunities; to exchange with other cities about their experiences; to develop partnerships and learn from positive examples. Specifically she hopes this will strengthen and optimize some of the collaboration efforts of informally developed cooperatives in the municipalities the Quiriri region.

¨In small municipalities the actions are usually specific and isolated and the framework for actions and representation is quite fragile¨.

Follow this link for a full report of the interview with Leoni (in portugués).

Follow this link to the report on the Launch of Movimento Quiriri Sustentável (in Portugués) –  Em torno do Movimento Quiriri Sustentável

See Media Article in Jornal Perfil, 25.Feburary.2014: Prefeituras aderem a programa da ONU

The State of Santa Catarina

The state of Santa Catarina is located in the south of Brazil and neighbours Parana to the north and Rio Grande do Sul to the south. It is the smallest southern state in Brazil and has a population that exceeds six million.

The influences of many European settlers are still evident in the architecture and culture of the state. Blumenau; home to the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, attracts well over 1 million people every year. Santa Catarina is also known for its pristine nature and picturesque beaches, making it a popular tourist destination during the summer.

The state is said to have one of the highest levels of income and education, enjoying some of Brazil’s highest standards of living.  In terms of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the industrial segment of the economy makes up for over half of the state’s contributions, followed by services, agriculture, exporting vehicles, cotton and wood products such as furniture.

Flooding in the state of Santa Catarina

This month the state of Parana and Santa Catarina has been affected by heavy rainfall and flooding with several cities in Santa Catarina enacting a state of emergency. The municipality of Corupá in the North recorded the highest volume of rainfall. Rio Negrinho and Guaramirim has been formally recognized as being in a state of public calamity. The state has recorded 28 injuries and 2 deaths, with the Defense Agency predicting that the number will rise in the coming days. The Civil Defense Agency states that more and more people that have been left homeless are now arriving at public shelters where they are being provided with essentials such as food, water and hygiene kits.

We hope the affected regions of Santa Catarina recover rapidly from the devastation of the flooding.