Monday, August 24, 2020 | 2 PM BRT Time/10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern/7 PM CET
With a largely urbanized population, Brazil faces unresolved historical social and infrastructure deficits, resulting in precarious urbanization territories. Especially in big cities, old challenges such as insufficient freshwater reserves, incomplete water distribution, sewage treatment, and pollution of water sources are aggravated by climate change, demanding new policies towards water security. The objectives of this World Water Week 2020 session were to 1) broaden the understanding among utilities and the productive sector that climate risks, urban governance, and poverty are issues that must be addressed in an articulated manner 2) give young people in low-income urban areas a voice to expose how they are affected by insufficient water infrastructure 3) expose scientific evidences of the consequences of regional and local deforestation on the water security of large Brazilian cities 4) present examples of successful actions and programs and their financial strategies and 5) generate intersectoral alliances, focusing on water security objectives. The Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Marussia Whately (Diretora do Instituto Água e Saneamento)
- Rodrigo Brito (Gerente de Sustentabilidade da Coca-Cola Brasil)
- Rosa Formiga (Professora na Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)