Monthly Archives: May 2012

NGC presenting at the New Cities Summit in Paris

NGC managing director Janaina Herrera was invited to present the NCF mobile health project in Rio in the “Ciudades Latinas” panel of the New Cities Summit (Paris, La Defense 14-16 May 2012).

You can check the video here.

The session, prepared by Avina and moderated by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, gathered representatives from leading NGOs of South America actively promoting a more inclusive, sustainable and transparent city:
– Mr. Jorge Luiz Numa Abrahao, President of the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility,
– Antonio Celia, CEO of Promigas and chairman of the board of Shakira’s foundation “pies descalzos”,
– Mariana Escorza from “Lima Como Vamos”.
The panelists explained how citizens can successfully engage with local governments and persuade them to commit to measurable targets and indicators for the improvement of their cities.

Janaina presented the mobile health project in the favela of Santa Marta (Rio) and explained how this pilot could help address current and future health challenges in other major emerging metropolises.

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Partnering up with Conectas in Sao Paolo

We are delighted to announce that NGC and Conectas have officially partnered up in an endeavor to build bridges between pro-democracy actors in the Arab world and South America.

Conectas is a key actor in the field of human rights and rule of law in Brazil and in the Global South.

Through its Justice Program, Conectas promotes strategic and public interest litigations. Since 2004, it has been filing amicus curiae briefs in legal cases involving fundamental rights being heard by the Supreme Federal Court (STF). It is now playing an active role in the context of the establishment of the Brazilian Truth Commission by President Rousseff to examine human-rights violations committed from 1946 to 1988, with a focus on the dictatorship.

At a global level, Conecats, which was granted consultative status with the ECOSOC-UN in 2006, and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2009, aims at increasing the impact of human rights defenders and academics from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) through education, research, networking and advocacy activities. The NGO publishes Sur, a Human Rights Journal in English, Spanish and Portuguese to promote a critical debate on human rights issues from a Global South perspective.

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NGC speaking at the City lab conference in Rio

NGC was invited to participate in the Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, an event that brought together 30 cities with 100 global innovation leaders in Rio de Janeiro on May 2/3 2012.

We found the approach of City Lab quite interesting: cities define a challenge they need to address and call for proposals. Then an independent jury selects the best project for each challenge.

This allows for better information sharing on the state-of-the-art solutions regarding key urban challenges, something that was lacking at a global level.

In this context, NGC was asked to present the NCF mobile health project it manages in Rio.

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