Launched in March 2014, SDSN Brasil is a network of 43 civil society organizations, academic and public institutions that also counts on multiple partners from the private sector.

Its main objective is to present solutions for sustainable urban development, focusing on the Thematic Network 09: “Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient and Connected”, of the 12 thematic groups launched by SDSN Global, with a focus on implementing SDG 11.

The work of the Network begins in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro, in the medium term, to expand nationally. SDSN Brazil will be key to implementing this urban goal in a network effort, whose goals and indicators will help guide its work.

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hosted by: Conservation International, the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Instituto Pereira Passos


  • Rodrigo Medeiros

    Conservação Internacional (CI-Brasil)

The Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative is one of SDSN Brazil’s flagship activities. The project aims to define comprehensive and sustainable urban development strategies that are underpinned by local and national cooperation. By facilitating dialogues on SDGs at all levels of government and society, SDSN Brazil aims to enhance SDG monitoring in metropolitan areas with a view to institutionalize SDGs within planning and policy frameworks.

To take it one step further, SDSN Brazil, in partnership with GIZ, the German Society for International Cooperation, has launched a project with key stakeholders across the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area (RJMA) and other metropolitan regions throughout Brazil to examine solutions for local implementation of the SDGs. The project catalyzes inclusive dialogue, establishes metropolitan cooperation structures, and helps monitor progress on the SDGs in the specific context of Brazilian metropolitan areas. Results from the Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative will be written up in partnership with Casa Fluminense, a local Rio-based NGO. Using the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area as a practical example, the report will illustrate how the process of local SDG contextualization, data gathering, and monitoring can be achieved. SDSN Brazil hopes that this initiative can serve as an inspiration to other metropolitan regions throughout Latin America, as well as to localities around the world that face similar challenges.

The objectives of sustainable development are an invitation made for the global community to change inequalities and the course of the action of societies and nations. Accepting the invitation is essential for development in times of uncertainty.

SDSN Co-Chair Rodrigo Medeiros