World Centre for Sustainable Development launched in Rio

24 Jun 2013

image UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan speaks in Rio de Janeiro at the launch of the World Centre for Sustainable Development. (Photo: Diego Amorim/RIO+)

Rio de Janeiro – The first anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, has been marked today with the launch of its legacy: an international centre of excellence in sustainable development policy and practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The reference centre — to be known simply as Rio+ — will facilitate research, knowledge exchange and promote international debate on sustainable development.

Managed through a partnership between the Government of Brazil and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rio+ will bring together a broad international consortium of partners, including governments at the federal and local levels, UN agencies, NGOs, universities, think-tanks and the private sector, creating a unique space to discuss of innovative ideas and actions for building a sustainable world.

“The opening of this important new World Centre is a turning point for the global development community and represents a resolute drive to address the challenges and opportunities of our contemporary world,” UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said.

One of Rio+’s first activities will be to continue the discussions and assess the suggestions  gathered  under the platform Rio Dialogues for Sustainable Development – launched ahead of the Rio+20 Conference last year.  With UNDP’s support, the Dialogues were launched by the Government of Brazil and have so far engaged more the 12,000 citizens and experts in the discussions leading up to the Rio+20 Conference.

“The debate and definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are part of the important role RIO+ will play,” Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Texeira said.

The establishment of Rio+ was announced on the final day of the Rio+20 Conference, on 22 June 2012, by Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, who signed the partnership and presented the Centre’s mission and its initial 26 partners.

“RIO+ will also be a relevant political space for the promotion of the dialogue with the society, opening doors for universities, private sector, governments and everybody interested in discussing and promoting sustainable development,” the minister added.

RIO+ will gather a team of international researchers and is located at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University (COPPE/UFRJ), in Rio’s North Zone.

“RIO+ has emerged at a unique time in history, amid an animated political debate on sustainable development, poverty eradication, human rights and social justice, and when the global development agenda beyond 2015 has been the subject of unprecedented UN-led public consultations,” Grynspan said at the opening ceremony of the seminar "Towards the implementation of Rio+20: Sustainable Development Goals," organized this morning by the Government of Brazil and UNDP.

Contact Information

In Rio de Janeiro
Daniel de Castro; comunica.br@undp.org; +55 61 8221 1502

In New York

Carolina Azevedo; carolina.azevedo@undp.org; +1 212 906 6127
Vincenzo Pugliese; vincenzo.pugliese@undp.org; +1 212 906 5296