Tag Archives: Rio + 20

[Quotes] How Can We Use Social Media to Its Utmost Potential?

The main question today at Rio + Social is how can we use social media to its utmost. As a community of mothers who uses social media every day to spread awareness about pressing global issues being effective in our work is key.

Here are quotes from  Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International and Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

“Young people should bring a new vision. Come up with new ideas. Come up with a new world. We need fresh thinking.” – Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International (middle)

“Look for wisdom. I hope we don’t forget the lessons from the past.” – Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact (far right)

Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Even while staying in Copacabana instead of Barra where most of the Rio + 20 activities are happening this week there is still ample opportunity to learn new things about sustainable development.

I ran across this interesting exhibit made of milk crates in Copacabana an hour ago that drew attention to Rio’s Morar Carioca Programme.

What Morar Carioca has done since July 2010 is upgrade the urban slums in Rio. The program will last until 2020 fueled by an investment of 8 billion reais and will benefit 280,000 households.

Inside the exhibit I learned that  Rio de Janeiro considered climate change and opted for environmentally responsible solutions to address slum urbanization.  The exhibit laid out the plan in detail.

There will be resizing of the sewer and drain network. We all know how important sanitation is to global health. Additionally, new residential buildings will be made of sustainable materials.

Photos: Jennifer James

Headed to Brazil, Covering Rio + Social, Rio + 20 This Week

Tomorrow we will be headed to Rio to attend Rio + Social on Tuesday with 500 other influencers who use social media for social good. I am particularly excited about the lineup of speakers whose work I admire like Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) among many others.

Over the course of the next few days we would love any retweets, shares, likes, pins, and +1s that you can share. Above anything else we will be amplifying the rights of women in sustainable development and seeing what the world is doing to ensure women have equal access to land rights, energy, credit, global markets, and food security.

Additionally we will listen keenly to information and innovative approaches about using social and new media to do more good in this world at Rio + Social.

All of this promises to be an amazing week, with a ton of information and sights and sounds to share from Rio.

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UN Photo/Maria Elisa Franco