The side event is based on the premise that climate change adverse effects are unevenly distributed among populations living in urban peripheries and precarious settlements, making it imperative to address it as a matter of social justice. It will shed light on the importance of grounding climate action through a Right to the City perspective, by providing both conceptual and concrete tools and pathways to advance climate and socio-territorial justice to support National and Local Governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and social movements in urban peripheries.

This will be done by shedding light onto some concrete cases coming from Brazil: the city of Porto Alegre, which had part of the city submerged due to the flooding of the Guaiba River in May and that of São Sebatião on the north coast of the State of São Paulo, which had several popular neighborhoods affected by flooding and landslides in early 2023. This will be discussed also vis a vis the development of the new Brazilian program on green and resilient cities to combat climate change, as well as through the perspective of other countries, international organizations and networks involved with the defense and promotion of the Right to the City.

The event is co-organized by CDES Human Rights, the Global Platform for the Right to the City and the Brazilian Cities Ministry under the framework of the 2024 High-Level Political Forum.

Time and Date

🗓️Wednesday, 10th of July, 8:00 am NYC time

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Moderator – Nelson Saule Júnior, Global Platform for the Right to the City

1. The Context of Brazilian Cities under extreme Climate events

  • Cristiano Muller and Karla Moroso – CDES Human Rights

The Experiences from São Sebastião City (North Coast of São Paulo State) and  Porto Alegre City ( Rio Grande do Sul State)

  • Alice Almeida Vasconcellos de Carvalho – Ministry of the City Brazil

The Resilient Green Cities Program for Coping with the Climate Emergency in Brazilian Cities

2. The International Agenda for Coping with the Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Peripheries

  • Ambassador Antonio Francisco da Costa e Silva Neto – International Relations Advisor of the Brazilian Cities Ministry
  • UN-Habitat Representative (TBC)

 3. Using the Right to the City in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Nelson Saule Júnior – Co-coordinator, Global Platform for the Right to the City
  • Allan Cain – Executive Director,  Development Workshop  Angola
  • Ahmad Rifai and Vanesha Manuturi, Kota Kita, Indonesia



Please register through this registration form

Interpretation in English and Portuguese.