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Brazil is featured in Urban Housing Forum

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Brazil was featured in several panels at the World Urban Forum held by the United Nations Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT), held in Naples, Italy, in the first week of September.

May East (Gaia Education / Transition Tows), Frank Siciliano (Todescan) and Monica Picavea (Workshop Sustentabiliadde) had experience in two sessions, one at the booth of UNITAR, and another inside the Side Events. One of the main points for the forum were the solutions to make cities more democratic.
The initial design of the Brazilian Cities in Transition (Transition Towns) was developed in two areas, a slum community and high income, demonstrating that the application of the methodology applies to all levels of society.

The units of Transitions Town Brasilândia and Granja Viana were invited by UNITAR – UK, led by May East to present the two experiments, as solutions to transform the community organization.

May East brought the movement to Brazil, and supported by Frank Siciliano, Monica Picavea, Marcelo Menezes Todescan and Isabela. It has been growing in the country, and is now present in more than 10 states.

The event was attended by leaders from over 100 countries totaling 10,000 guests, who debated, shared experiences and projects presented during the week of the event.

During the opening of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon sent a message which said: “We can drive the future we want to follow the call of the Rio +20 for an integrated approach to sustainable cities that best assist the authorities local and involve the public, especially the poor in decision-making. ”

The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Joan Clos, reminded of the importance of urban planning in the next 20 years for the world to manage and housing growth.

Emphasized that plan based on the growth of their cities where they should grow and how to manage and prepare for this growth, otherwise there will be a sprawl and slums will be bigger and harder to solve.

“The world faces many challenges, including environmental and financial crises. Another challenge is the further rise of poverty in urban areas of the world, both in developed and in developing countries. This is an area we should focus urgently, “said Clos.