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Brazil presents 'Socio Environmental Protection Floor' proposal to be discussed in the Rio+20 Summit

Presentation by Mr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, Brazil's Vice Minister of Social Development delivered on 5 April 2012 at the UNDP Brasilia-based International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). Rômulo Paes de Sousa a Medical Doctor, Social Medicine Specialist, and PhD in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). He had acted as National Secretary of Evaluation and Information Management of the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (2004-2007). He was reader of the Social Science Post-Graduate Programme at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG, Brazil) between 2002 and 2008. He has published six books on epidemiology and social policy evaluation and several articles on scientific journals. He had also worked in UK, South Africa and Egypt as researcher and consultant on epidemiology and social policy evaluation.

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Brazil presents 'Socio Environmental Protection Floor' proposal to be discussed in the Rio+20 Summit

  1. 1. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger Socio Environmental Protection Floor Ideas to be discussed in Rio+20 Rômulo Paes de Sousa Vice MinisterMinistry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger
  2. 2. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerWhat are the necessary elements for ouragenda agreement? 1. Feasibility – to cover all the elements of heterogeneity 2. Metrics 3. Instance of Governance
  3. 3. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerWhat is its most fragile aspect?To agree on what we understand as the agenda itself: We still have some concept issues
  4. 4. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerContext Our contribution is towards the actions that have raised the discussions about social policies in Brazil to the same level as policies to guarantee rights. Hunger eradication (Fome Zero – Zero Hunger) and fighting poverty (Bolsa Familia and Brazil without Extreme Poverty – Brasil Sem Miséria) were our original focus
  5. 5. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerContext
  6. 6. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerThe Challenge The Socio Environmental Protection Floor aims to ensure: 1. Income Security 2. Access to Services 3. Environmental quality
  7. 7. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerNexus 1 Income guarantee with access to basic services:  To break poverty spatial concentration  To break intergenerational poverty cycle i.e.: to enable families to let their children study it is necessary for them to have sufficient income (no child labor) and a school facility nearby
  8. 8. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerNexus 2Acess to services with environmental quality:  To overcome the environmental aspects which perpetuate poverty  lack of public authority  degraded conditionsi.e.: families need to have access to sanitation in order not topollute the river
  9. 9. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerNexus 3Access to services with environmental quality andincome security:  To secure that improvements in the environment and family aspects be complementary when overcoming degrading povertyi.e.: Families can have a non-degrading home where theirchildren can study after school
  10. 10. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerThe Socio environmental Protection Floor summary  Balanced  Seeks to secure rights for all the poor population  Acts preferably in large scale  Simple  Complementary  Respects diversity  Generates value
  11. 11. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerWhat we may agree about the Socio environmentalProtection Floor in Rio +20 Include an specific section about the Global Socio environmental Protection Floor in the final declaration of the conference This will be one of the main products of Rio+ 20.
  12. 12. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerWhat we may agree about the Socio environmentalProtection Floor in Rio +20 If we agree on a common agenda we may advance more firmly in the definition of indicators  That includes the definition of SDGs, its indicators and governance structures
  13. 13. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against HungerWhat we may agree about the Socio environmentalProtection Floor in Rio +20 With the agenda we are proposing, that may be easier
  14. 14. Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger Thank you! Rômulo Paes de Sousa Vice Ministerromulo.paes@mds.gov.br www.mds.gov.br + 55 (61) 3433-1089

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