Sustainable Cities Award: accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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“Sustainable Cities Award 2023”

In its fourth edition, the Sustainable Cities Award: accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, promoted by the Sustainable Cities Institute within the Sustainable Cities Program (PCS), with the support of the CITinova Project, was held on June 16th and 17th during the ODS Turn, in the city of São Paulo. The event sought to recognize the Good Practices adopted by cities that are advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through public policies that demonstrate concrete and measurable results. The Good Practices were classified into Environmental, Social, Economic, and Governance categories, aligned with specific SDGs.

Now let’s get to know the awarded municipalities and their inspiring initiatives.

Environmental Category

Small Cities:

1st Socorro, SP: With the Rural Sanitation Program, Socorro demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental preservation in rural areas.

2nd Amargosa, BA: The Amargosa Environmentally Sustainable Project stood out for implementing sustainable practices in harmony with nature.

3rd Ipojuca, PE, and Ivaiporã, PR: The initiatives “Sustainability Center” and “Cultivating Clean Water” highlighted the concern of these cities in preserving water resources and promoting sustainable water use.

Medium Cities:

1st Santos, SP: Santos was recognized for the Municipal Plan for the Conservation and Recovery of the Atlantic Forest (PMMA), standing out in the protection of this important biome.

2nd Jacareí, SP: With the Renascentes Program, Jacareí implemented measures for the recovery and preservation of degraded areas, contributing to ecosystem restoration.

3rd Arapongas, PR, and Praia Grande, SP: The initiatives “Revitalization of Springs” and “Decarbonization of the Municipal Public Transport Fleet” demonstrated the commitment of these cities to reduce their environmental footprint and promote sustainable mobility.

Large Cities:

1st Niterói, RJ: The city in Rio de Janeiro stood out for the Piratininga Shore Park, an environmental preservation area that aims to conserve biodiversity and provide public access to natural beauty.

2nd Campinas, SP: With the Reuse Water Producer Station, Campinas implemented an innovative solution for water management, promoting water security in the region.

3rd Cuiabá, MT: The capital of Mato Grosso stood out for the project “Cuiabá wants you green,” which aims to increase vegetation cover in the city, contributing to the well-being of the population and air quality.

Economic Category

Small Cities:

1st São Cristóvão, SE: With the “Dialogues, Diversity, and Inclusion” Program, São Cristóvão endeavored to reduce inequalities and promote the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ population.

2nd Ipojuca, PE: The “Agora Ipojuca” project highlighted this city’s commitment to sustainable economic development, boosting job creation and income for the local population.

3rd Orleans, SC: By activating the innovation ecosystem, Orleans fostered creativity and entrepreneurship, promoting local economic development.

Medium Cities:

1st Sorriso, MT: The Eco Sorriso program stood out for promoting sustainable practices in the agricultural sector, strengthening the local economy and preserving the environment.

2nd Pelotas, RS, and Cascavel, PR: The initiatives “Entrepreneurial Neighborhood” and “Sustain/Recycle is Necessary Program” demonstrated the commitment of these cities to promote local entrepreneurship and the circular economy.

3rd Caruaru, PE: With Caruaru Digital (1Doc Platform), Caruaru sought to modernize public administration, promoting administrative efficiency and transparency.

Large Cities:

1st Sorocaba, SP: With the Employment Mutirão Sorocaba Program, the city of Sorocaba stood out for implementing actions aimed at social inclusion and job creation for the local population.

2nd Campinas, SP: Through the Green Plant – Implementation and Operation of Organic Waste Composting Plant, Campinas demonstrated its commitment to waste management and the promotion of the circular economy.

3rd Cuiabá, MT: With yet another recognition, the city was awarded for the “Solidarity in Action” initiative, which seeks to promote social assistance and solidarity actions, contributing to the reduction of inequalities.

Governance Category

Small Cities:

1st Taquaritinga do Norte, PE: With the project “Agenda 2030 strengthening good practices in the municipality of Taquaritinga do Norte,” the city demonstrated its commitment to participatory governance and alignment with the targets of the 2030 Agenda.

2nd Amargosa, BA: The “Amargosa TOP: smart, resilient, and welcoming city” project highlighted the city’s efforts to promote smart and innovative governance.

3rd Carnaúba dos Dantas, RN: With a focus on decent work and economic growth, Carnaúba dos Dantas implemented actions that promote sustainable development and quality of life.

Medium Cities:

1st Pelotas, RS: The Pelotas Pact for Peace stood out for promoting participatory and inclusive governance, aiming to build a safer and more harmonious city.

2nd Francisco Morato, SP: With the Inclusive and Sustainable Morato Program, Francisco Morato sought to promote social inclusion and sustainability through efficient governance.

3rd Jacareí, SP: With the Municipal Implementation Program of the 2030 Agenda, Jacareí demonstrated its commitment to align public policies with the objectives and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

Large Cities:

1st Santo André, SP: The Santo André 500 Years Program stood out for promoting integrated and participatory governance, seeking the sustainable development of the city.

Social Category

Small Cities:

1st Itapecuru Mirim, MA: With the Center for Integrative Health Assistance and Medicinal Plants – CASIPLAM – Living Pharmacy and Integrative and Complementary Health Practices (PICS), Itapecuru Mirim promoted access to integrative health and the use of medicinal plants.

2nd Amargosa, BA: The “Student Strengthening Program – Profae” highlighted this city’s commitment to promoting education and the integral development of students.

3rd São Cristóvão, SE: With the Center for Food Security, São Cristóvão sought to ensure access to adequate food and promote food security for the population.

Medium Cities:

1st Maringá, PR: The ProZEIS program stood out for promoting social inclusion and land regularization, aiming to ensure decent housing and sustainable development in the city.

2nd Cascavel, PR: With distributed generation of electricity from biogas from the Municipal Sanitary Landfill, Cascavel contributed to energy sustainability and social inclusion.

3rd Jundiaí, SP: The city in the interior of São Paulo was recognized for the project “Jundiaí, City of Children: childhood as a priority in municipal public policies,” demonstrating its commitment to the well-being and rights of children.

Large Cities:

1st João Pessoa, PB: With the Bread and Milk Program, João Pessoa sought to ensure food and nutritional security for the most vulnerable population, promoting social inclusion.

2nd São Luís, MA: The Revitalization Program for the Historic Center of São Luís highlighted this city’s efforts to preserve its cultural heritage and promote social inclusion.

3rd Campinas, SP: With the Pilot Project of Community Gardens: Cultivating in Florence – Campinas Solidarity and Sustainable Program, Campinas promoted food security and sustainability through community gardens.

The 2023 Sustainable Cities Award recognized cities that are taking significant steps towards sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. These good practices serve as inspiring examples for other cities that are striving to become more sustainable and create a better future for their citizens.

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