The SDSN Rio Sustainability Initiative, based at the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS), held its first major event on June 24 with a workshop on urban sustainability. Welcoming remarks were made by Jeff Sachs, Brazilian Minister of the Environment Izabella Teixeira, Ambassador André Corrêa do Lago, and Walter Vergara of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The workshop was chaired by Israel Klabin, President of FBDS, and brought together over 70 leaders from business, academia, government and civil society to discuss four themes: city government, urban planning, water and sanitation infrastructure, and urban mobility. Rio de Janeiro was used as a case study of urban sustainability with discussions of effective existing programs and potential future solutions. The event was tremendously successful with many participants expressing a commitment to collaborate with the ongoing work of the Rio Sustainability Initiative.

For coverage by the Brazilian press, see the following links:

Ideia Sustentável – 24.06 – Rio será primeiro caso de estudo sobre sustentabilidade de Rede da ONU

http://www.ideiasustentavel.com.br/2013/06/rio-sera-o-primeiro-caso-de-estudo-sobre-sustentabilidade-urbana-de-rede-da-onu/

O Eco – Sachs lidera iniciativa que propõe melhorias em 5 cidades

http://www.oeco.org.br/noticias/27306-sachs-lidera-iniciativa-que-vai-propor-melhorias-em-5-cidades