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18 June 2012

Rio+20: Toward a Sustainable Future

As leaders from around the world and across sectors gather for the Rio+20 conference, the Ford Foundation and our visionary partners are among them. We are hosting discussions with key influencers about how to build cities that are more just and inclusive. We’re advocating for local communities to have the right to manage their natural resources. And we’ve set aside space for the organizations we support to meet and strategize—part of our larger goal of making sure that the voices of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples are part of these critical conversations.

At Rio+20, we have a fresh chance to live up to our responsibilities as stewards of the natural and man-made environments that sustain us. The issues we’re highlighting at this gathering will shape the lives of generations to come.

Images from the Summit

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Reducing Poverty and Protecting the Environment

The world’s forests are not only home to hundreds of millions of people—they are a key source of livelihoods. We support efforts to give rural communities the ability to own and manage the forests where they live, providing a strong incentive to protect and preserve those resources for future generations.

Lifting All Voices

The active engagement of civil society is essential to a successful sustainability agenda. But too often, racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples are left out. We are working to ensure that members of marginalized communities have their voices heard in discussions that have a profound impact on their lives.

Empowering Women to Forge Their Own Futures

Recognizing and celebrating the voices of women—in particular, those who are members of historically marginalized and excluded groups—is central to everything we do. We support efforts to strengthen women’s human rights and make it possible for them to become leaders in their own communities and beyond them.

Creating Just and Sustainable Cities

All of the world’s population growth over the next four decades—some 2.3 billion people—will take place in urban areas. What will the cities of the future look like? How can we ensure that they are just cities—shaped by fairness, opportunity and a commitment to shared prosperity?

At Rio+20, the Ford Foundation is hosting a compelling discussion about how to build an urban future that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

The Sustainable and Just City: Two Sessions

June 18, 2012

11:30 am-1 pm
Rio Centro, Plenary Room T-2
(Open to pre-registered participants of Rio+20)

The Sustainable and Just City: Two SessionsFrom left to right, George McCarthy, Jorge Bittar, Luis A. Ubiñas, Xavier de Souza Briggs, Raquel Rolnik

Panelists

Jorge Bittar (in Portuguese), Municipal Secretary of Housing, City of Rio de Janeiro
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jeb Brugmann, Founder ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability
Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing
Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation
Moderated by George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation

June 17, 2012

5:30 pm-6:45 pm
Forte de Copacabana
(Open to pre-registered participants of the Rio+20 Mayors Summit)

The Sustainable and Just City: Two SessionsFrom left to right, Xavier de Souza Briggs, Luis A. Ubiñas, Carlos Muniz, Raquel Rolnik, Joan Clos i Matheu

Panelists

Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joan Clos i Matheu, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
Carlos Muniz (in Portuguese), Vice Mayor and Secretary of the Environment, City of Rio de Janeiro
Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing
Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation
Moderated by George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation

For more information, email Kay Lee or call +1 212-573-5148.

Learn about our Just City forum held at the foundation’s New York City headquarters, and explore our work in Sustainable Development and Metropolitan Opportunity.

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