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The Rise and Fall of Rio de Janeiro: Lessons Learned

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66 West 12th Street, New York, NY, United States

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Despite the many efforts in making Rio de Janeiro more sustainable, the city is currently facing a crisis of deep negative impacts in social, urban, economic, and political terms. Today, the improvements in quality of life have reverted to 2010 levels, when the city won the bid to host the Olympic games. What happened? Before the crisis, the city was on the right path towards sustainable development with efforts such as Rio Resiliente, UPP Social and Pacto do Rio. Lessons should be learned from the road that led to this crisis. The knowledge produced by previous efforts is valuable and could be used to the city’s advantage for a faster recovery.

Participants are invited to read a paper (available here) prior to the meeting: La Rocque, Eduarda and Shelton-Zumpano, Petras, (2014), “The sustainable development strategy of the municipal government of Rio de Janeiro”, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Tinker Foundation Citizen Security Papers.

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