7 Aug 2017
New Porto Alegre Deputy Mayor meets with New York GCHQ
28 July 2017 was a hallmark day for the longstanding relationship between the world leading participatory democracy city, Porto Alegre and the United Nations Global Compact.
At the United Nations Global Compact headquarters in New York, Porto Alegre’s new Vice-Mayor, Gustavo Paim expressed his city´s renewed commitment to the Compact and to continuing its innovation and leadership role with the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme.
“The City of Porto Alegre reiterates its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, with the certainty that in this new moment of the city this partnership can contribute even more to our development.”
The meeting was hosted by Javier Cortés, the Head of UN Global Compact Local Networks Americas. It was also attended by Porto Alegre Municipal Secretary for Economic Development, Ricardo Gomes and the UN Global Compact International Relations Coordinator and Porto Alegre’s Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Rodrigo Corradi.
The discussions focused on the UN Global Compact SDGs strategy in the Latin America region, challenges to its implementation and how the SGDs could best be achieved on the Porto Alegre city Fourth District revitalisation project.
The talks reinforced Global Compact and the City of Porto Alegre´s commitment to working together. They explored the potential for private sector engagement, through the UN Global Compact, to the Fourth District Revitalisation project, attracting investment and the project’s aim to meet sustainable development goals like ending poverty and reducing inequality.
“In the reality in which we live, local development can only be found with the efforts of different actors, ” said Deputy Mayor Paim.
A multi-sectoral approach is being taken to the District Four revitalisation project and encompasses informal settlements with long standing social and economic challenges, like Vila Santa Teresinha.
Javier Cortés sees this project and the experiences of Porto Alegre in multi-sector task forces as an invaluable opportunity to engage the private sector with SDG action in the urban context and systematic collaboration with the Local Network.
“This is a great project to create awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of public and private actors working together – and the role of the Cities Programme”.
Porto Alegre was one of the first cities in the world to commit to the United Nations Global Compact (2005), piloting the Cities Programme’s Melbourne Model of cross sectoral collaboration within the unique political and social framework of Porto Alegre’s globally recognised participatory democracy system. The lengthy project, the Social Inclusion Project for Vila Chocolatão supported the preparation and resettlement of approximately 800 residents of the inner-city Vila Chocolatão slum in Porto Alegre. A major outcome of this project was the Sustainability and Citizenship Network model to address poverty and inequity with mulit-sector task forces – now being used across Porto Alegre. This includes projects such as the Fourth District and fourteen action projects being led by Porto Alegre Resiliente (of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities initiative – 100 RC).
Deputy Mayor Paim now holds the position of Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for Porto Alegre Resiliente and was also in New York for the 100 Resilient Cities Summit.
Further Information: See Prefeitura de Porto Alegre .