Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SDSN Brazil was set up to help achieve the 2030 Agenda in Latin America’s largest country. In light of the social and economic impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the network has increased its efforts to build effective partnerships to overcome the current crisis and to use the SDGs to frame recovery in the Decade of Action. By the end of the year 2020, SDSN Brazil aims to have completely reactivated and remapped all of the current SDSN member institutions and initiatives located in the Brazilian territory. The network also continues ongoing work regarding SDG 11, and promotes new engagement with other SDGs.
Strengthening the National Network
Brazil is a country of continental dimensions, which is why SDSN Brazil has started the process of restructuring the national network by designating state chapters to better assess the relevance of the SDGs throughout the different stages of their implementation in the country. These permanent state chapters will bring nationwide coverage to the network, give visibility in a consistent and institutional way, and also enable proximity to local communities for open dialogue. Local initiatives will be reported to all Brazilian regions, in order to connect groups with shared interests.
Cooperation for Education and Research
On behalf of SDSN Brazil, the Interdisciplinary Center of Environment of PUC-Rio is coordinating an initiative to build a national network of academic institutions to promote education and research about sustainable development in the Brazilian territory. This initiative will also build international cooperation for research and is partnering with the Jesuit University Association of Latin America. SDSN Brazil will also be hosting debates, lectures, and workshops to educate the population, create new solutions, and discuss progress towards the SDGs. In addition, the network has taken on itself to translate the SDG Academy’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Encyclical Laudato Si’ to Portuguese. This self-paced mini course focuses on Pope Francis’ urgent call to action to protect the earth and its inhabitants from ruin.
SDSN Brazil is committed to the Decade of Action and has established a work plan with a long-term perspective. The network is working on establishing the remaining state chapters to enhance the network’s presence nationwide, to localize and shed light on the countless and diverse initiatives around the country, and to support implementation of the SDGs. In addition, the network is working on identifying higher education institutions for cooperation in teaching and researching of sustainability in order to educate professionals for a world in transformation.