9 Aug 2018
High Level Regional Forum: Achieving SDGs in Latin America

In partnership with the Global Compact (Brazilian Network and Latin America) and the Cities Programme, PRME Chapter Latin America & Caribbean co-organized a forum in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 17 and 18 to discuss the achievement of the SDGs in the Americas.

The Forum aimed to highlight the good practices and challenges that government, companies and international institutions face when progressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Michael Nolan, Director of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, launched the City Partnerships Challenge during the event.

Jonel Iurk, President of Copel, said that the City Partnerships Challenge, “is a way for us to assist and incentivise municipalities in the Southern region of Brazil, particularly in Paraná where Copel has presence in all municipalities, to present projects aligned with the SDGs.”

Discussing how to integrate the City Partnerships Challenge into Parana’s SDG processes are: Michael Nolan, Director of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme; Javier Cortés, Head of Local Networks Americias UN Global Compact, Norman Filho Jnr,a representative of PRME Brasil, Silvio Burros II, Secretary of the Urban Development Department, Parana State Government, Rosane de Souza, Director Brasil Southern Region  – UNGC Cities Programme; and Joceli Andrade, Superintendent – Environment and Social Responsibility, Copel.

Michael Nolan said, “Partnerships with groups like Copel are critical. Copel was one of the first private sector companies in Brazil [to become] part of the UN Global Compact.  It has been that continued support and drive, [towards] innovation, environmental sustainability, strong social focus but also supporting economic development that is so important”.

For further information, click here for a video by Copel of the meeting https://www.facebook.com/copel/videos/1940182512672860/