1st Solidary Society Network Innovation Fair
Brazil- March 2007

Contributing to the intergovernmental process of the United Nations, the
Legion  of  Good Will - LGW, a Brazilian NGO in General Consultative Status
with  ECOSOC,  promoted,  during four years consecutively, multi-stakeholder
meetings  with  the  participation  of  the  Latin-American  civil society,
stimulating  the  integration  of  the  various  social  actors.  From this
practice  emerged  the  1st  Solidary  Society  Network Innovation Fair, an
action   of  relationship  and  partnerships  that  mobilized  hundreds  of
participants  from  all over the country. This initiative, with the support
of the United Nations, has been helping to propitiate a permanent dialogue,
besides  sharing  social  technologies,  in the search of solutions for the
main  challenges  of  the  world, specially the Millennium Development Goals

  The 1st Solidary Society Network Innovation Fair, promoted by the Legion
of  Good  Will,  received the support of the NGO Section of UN/DESA and the
United  Nations Information Center in Brazil (UNIC-Rio), gathering hundreds
of  representatives  of various sectors, integrating member states, private
sector,  non-governmental  organizations,  media, academia, class entities,
youth  movements, foundations, public and international organisms, with the
objective  of  sharing  good practices that can be replicated as new social
technologies and stimulate strategic inter-sectorial bonds that optimize the
impacts  of transformation in society. “Global partnerships for development
–Strengthening efforts for the eradication of poverty and hunger” was the
theme of the Fair, following the next ECOSOC High Level Segment theme.

  The   Legion   of   Good   Will   fostered   a  wide  mobilization  with
multi-stakeholders divided in the three following actions:

· Phase 1: National research of innovative social technologies
     On the first stage, an ample research in all the Brazilian States
        have raised, through a targeted questionnaire, the main stories of
        success among 930 NGOs.

        Place: all the Brazilian States
        Period: February/March 2007

· Phase 2: Local Workshops for sharing of good practices
     In different capital cities, it was held workshops and debates about
        the AMR Innovation Fair. A Video taped in the UN Headquarters in
        NY presented the intention of evaluating the advances of
        governments and society and, above all, encourage the exchange of
        well-succeeded experiences and that guarantee the accomplishment
        of the Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), proposed by the
        UN in 2000 and firmed in an agreement by its 191 member countries
        to be fulfilled until 2015. After watching the video, that had a
        special interview with Ms. Hanifa Mezoui – Chief of NGO Section,
        and discussing about the Innovation Fair in NewYork, the
        participants accepted the challenge of implementing this proposal
        of the United Nations in their regions. Those activities took
        place in the following cities:

              Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil
              Date: 13 March, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Place: Educational and Community Center of the LGW (Av. São
              Paulo, 722, São Geraldo, telephone: (+55 51) 3325-7000)

              Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil
              Date: 14 March, from 08:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
              Place: Auditorium Eudoro Vilella, at the Federação Mineira
              de Direito Privado ­– Fundamig (Rua Goitacases, 71, room
              813, Centro, telephone: (+55 31) 3494-3232)

              Buenos Aires, Argentina
              Date: 14 March, from 09:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
              Place: Fundación Navarro Viola (Av. Pres. Quintana, 174,
              Recoleta, telephone: (5411) 4925-5000)

              Aracaju/SE, Brazil
              Date: 15 March, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Place: Auditorium Deputado Francisco Passos, of the Escola
              do Legislativo (Praça Fausto Cardoso, s/n, Centro,
              telephones: (+55 79) 3236-4080 / 3236-3111)

              Santos/SP, Brazil
              Date: 17 March, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
              Place: Fundação Lusíada (Centro Universitário Lusíada Campus
              III) (Rua Batista Pereira, 265, Macuco, telephones: (+55 13)
              3221-3614 / 3221-5181)

·  Phase 3: 1st Solidary Society Network Innovation Fair
        In these main meetings, representative of multi-stakeholder
        leaderships from government, private sector, academia and civil
        society were able to promote a dialogue of the several social
        actors present and to share their experiences on fighting poverty
        and hunger. The Fair opened space for lectures, presentation of
        stories of success, cultural manifestations and exhibition of
        social technologies. The organizations exhibited in a very
        creative and dynamic manner and freely formed strategic alliances
        with the multi-stakeholders aiming partnerships and network.

        The LGW also provided for the Brazilian civil society a unique
        experience of interaction with the United Nations, fostering in
        the Fairs a workshop encouraging a greater participation of the
        civil society organizations in the UN.  The representative of the
        United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Dr.
        Michele Bilant-Fedoroff, visited all the facilities of the LGW and
        had several talks directly with hundreds of organizations and one
        specifically with students from the course of International
        Relations of PUC (Pontifícia Universidade Católica)

              Brasília/DF, Brazil
              Date: 20 March, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Place: World Parliament of Ecumenical Fraternity (ParlaMundi
              of the LGW)
              (SGAS 915, Lotes 75 and 76, telephone: (+55 61) 3245-1070)

              Theme: "Intersectoriality”, with the special participation
              of the organisms of the federal government and of
              international organizations

              Activities: thematic panels, exhibition of social
              technologies and a vernissage of the Art exhibition “Make
              the difference”

              São Paulo/SP, Brazil
              Date: 22 March, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
              Place: Educational Institute of the LGW (Av. Rudge, 700, Bom
              Retiro, telephone: (+55 11) 3225-4594)

              Theme: "Education”, with special participation of
              educational entities, universities and community leaderships
              Activities: thematic panels and educative and cultural
              Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil

              Date: 24 March, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
              Place: Educational, Cultural and Community Center of the LGW
              (Av. Dom Hélder Câmara, 3.059, Del Castilho, telephone: (+55
              21) 2516-4484)

              Theme: "Socioeconomic”, with practical demonstration of
              intersectorial partnerships (forecast: two thousand
              assistances for nearly 400 people)

              Activities: thematic panels, cultural manifestations and
              practical demonstration of a Multistakeholder iniciative
              providing more than 2000 health and citizenship assistances.
              Several actions took place, such as explanations on how to
              prevent sexually transmitted diseases, legal guidance, on
              the Environment and nutrition, educative lectures, workshops
              on how to increase income, besides specific activities for
              children and teenagers.

This  edition  of  the  Fair  was  highlighted throughout the Brazilian and
international  media.   In  national  reach  through the A Voz do Brasil (a
program  of  the  Brazilian  government  distributed by its agency (Agência
Brasil)  for TV, internet and radio) and internationally by the UN’s Radio,
in  New  York.   Also in Folha Online, Correio Braziliense, O Globo Online,
Brazilian  Press Association Portal, Jornal do Brasil, JB Online and O Dia;
the  radio  stations Tupi, Eldorado AM and Manchete and a complete coverage
by the Good Will Communication Network.

All  this  mobilization  resulted in a statement of the Legion of Good Will
registering  the  contribution  of all the participant organizations of the
Solidary  Society  Network  to  be  submitted  as  recommendations  of good
practices  to  the High Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council of
the UN, which will be held in July, in Geneva.

Member States representatives in Brasilia:

Sergio Zambiasi – Senator
Mozarildo Cavalcanti – Senator
Beto Albuquerque – Federal Deputy in chief and leader of the Government in
the Chamber.
Silvio Lung – President of the CNAS (National Council of Social Welfare).
Marianne Vicenthini Arruda – First Lady of the Federal District.
Arlete Sampaio – Ministry of Social Development.
Perly Cipriano, Sub-Secretary of the Special Secretariat of Human Rights
(Secretariat attached to the President of Republic).
Lylia Galetti – Ministry of the Environment.
Alzira Vieira – Sebrae and Representative of the Ministry of Science and
Jose Gregori – Former Ministry of Justice and president of the Commission
of Human Rights in Sao Paulo