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