10 Aug 2017
Paraná adopts UN Agenda 2030
Paraná has taken a leap forward to make the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) a reality for the southern Brazilian state that has had a lengthy history of sustainability leadership.
The Paraná State Secretary for Urban Development, Ratinho Junior, signed on 2 August, a commitment to adopt the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a high level event with the President of the World Family Organization and UN representative, Dr. Deisi Kusztra, representatives of the Executive Secretariat of the Movimento ODS (a national non-governmental movement for the implementation of the SDGs); Paranacidade Directors, Cities Programme Country Contact Point in Brasil, Rosane de Souza, and Paraná state government representatives.
“We will leave our fingerprints in the construction of this dream,” said Paraná State Secretary for Urban Development Ratinho Junior.
By becoming a member of the Movimento ODS, Paranácidade, the urban development arm of the Brazilian state of Paraná, pledged to play a defining role in implementing the 17 SDGs at a city and state level.
Speaking about the Sustainable Development Goals and some of its 169 targets, including the means of implementation, UN representative and President of the World Family Organization, Dr. Deisi Kusztra, underlined that all goals are considered universal, indivisible and interlinked; and urged everyone to adopt the slogan “No one left behind,” including the most vulnerable and those living on the margins of society.
The 17 SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, include ending poverty, hunger and inequality, taking action on climate change and the environment, improving access to health and education and building strong institutions and partnerships.
The secretary Ratinho Junior, who is also Superintendent of Paranacidade, is committed to working towards sustainable development in its three strands: social, economic and environmental.
The event was also attended by the State Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Edgar Bueno, the presidents of state companies Sanepar, Mounir Chaowiche, and Copel, Antonio Sergio de Souza Guetter; both members of the Executive Secretariat of the ODS Movement ; the presidents of the Parliamentary Front in Defense of the ODS and of the Education Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Paraná, Hussein Bakri, Paraná Urban Development Analyst, Geraldo Farias and the Counselor of Paraná’s Court of Audit, Fernando Guimarães.
By taking action at the local level on a national commitment Paranacidade joins other Brazilian and world cities who have been committing to the cause since the 193 UN member States, including Brazil, adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the historic United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.
Paranacidade is also a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles and a Cities Programme partner since 2016.
The state has been advancing the Ten UN principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption through numerous partnership projects. One such project is the multi-partner innovating project, Angra Doce, which brings together five municipalities of Northern Paraná and 10 municipalities of the State of São Paulo, located around the lake of the Chavantes Hydroelectric Power Plant, China Three Gorges Brazil concession. The project’s aim is to promote sustainable development in the region, which needs a new development model to improve its indicators, offer more jobs and a better quality of life for its people, through sustainable tourism, entrepreneurship and local arrangements.
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