4 Sep 2013
More Brazilian States: Estados de Mato Grosso and Paraíba commit to the Global Compact.

The Global Compact now has three Brazilian participant states, with the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso and north eastern state of Paraìba becoming two recent Compact participants and joining the south eastern state of Paranà.

Estado do Paraíba 

Paraíba in the north-eastern of Brazil, joined the UN Global Compact in July 2013. Paraíba’s commitment to the Ten Principles of the Global Compact was made by Governor Ricardo Coutinho. This state is renown for its picturesque beaches and popular festivals such as “Carnaval”, and ecotourism has more recently become an important part the state’s economy.

In addition to the state commitment to the Global Compact, the town and municipality of Picuí have also become Global Compact participants. Land grants given in the early eighteenth century saw a growth in property ownership and cattle farms in this area. Prefeitura Rubens Costa, committed Picuí in July, 2013.

Estado do Mato Grosso and the new Mato Grosso Sustainability Alliance.

In August 2013, Governor Silval Barbosa da Cunha committed the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to the UN Global Compact Cities Programme. He is pictured (left) with In Country Convenor of the Parana Cities Programme Secretariat, Rosane de Souza committing his state to the establishment of “Alliance Mato Grosso Sustainable”. This alliance is based on the same model of the cross-sectoral alliance that has been established in Paranà as their state’s sustainability innovation for UNGCCP.

UNGCCP In Country Convenor, Rosane de Souza says the leaders of Mato Grosso believe:

This alliance hopes to bring together government, business and civil society to build multi-sectorial governance, which is able to discuss a safe path to sustainable development

Mato Grosso has the challenge of balancing development with preservation, and leaders are aware of the need to respect and harmonise the ethno-cultural diversity of the state. Mato Grosso is one of the largest Brazilian states, housing three biomes (Cerrado, Amazon and Pantanal), it has a high biological diversity. Additionally, the ethno-cultural diversity is represented by the large number of Brazilians from various regions, who immigrated to the state for agriculture and livestock purposes, and Indian nations with different customs and languages.

The government has committed to supporting the establishment of an Alliance acknowledging that it is necessary to establish communication among central stakeholders, especially environmentalists, who advocate for the preservation of the three biomes, as well as agricultural producers who seek for the expansion of their production. The government has the difficult task of ensuring that the balance of interests is met, with methods to ensure sustainable production practices essential.

The state also wish to mitigate climate change. Due to the burning of fields, Mato Grosso is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the country. The environmental licensing of impactful projects has been adopted with the provision of legal and technical advice. Intermodal protocols to solve transport logistics are being implemented to curb heavy losses of production due to the lack of proper drainage of products to consumer markets.

We welcome and congratulate the governments of Mato Gross and  Paraìba in committing their states to the Ten Principles of the Global Compact and looked forward to sharing your journey to improve the sustainability of your state.

El Modelo do Aliança Sustentavel do Paraná – Portuges

The Sustainable Alliance Model from the Brazilian state of Paraná

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