Garnero leads a Plenary Assembly in Rio de Janeiro to discuss Sustainable Development

Nov 06, 2012, 09:25 ET from UNA-Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 40th Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA), a global non-profit association, representing United Nations Associations, starts today. The event is a partnership between WFUNA and the Brazilian Association of United Nations (UNA-Brazil), supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment of Land and Sea, Ibmec University and TAM Airlines.

The Assembly will be held from November 6th to November 10th at the Ibmec Campus in Rio de Janeiro, gathering more than 100 delegations from all over the world. The goal is to create a sustainable development agenda post 2015. In general terms, the event seeks to discuss the goals of the millennium, along with all the help needed for the accomplishment of these goals and for the progress of the world post 2015, either through civil society, business or academic sectors.

Mario Garnero (President of UNA-Brazil) will be the keynote speaker at the event, along with Park Soo Gil, president of WFUNA. The event will follow with a lecture from Corrado Clini, Italian Minister for the Environment.

Fernando Schuller, the IBMEC General Director, thinks the academic community can contribute heavily to the debate: "Besides opening our doors to the event, we are going to take active part in the congress, with professors debating world leaders on important issues regarding Social Development", states Schuller.

Mario Garnero vehemently encourages this kind of discussion: "Debates are the basis of diplomacy, the beginning of understanding. The trading of experiences and ideas are crucial to finding answers for relevant issues. That's why I believe that an event like this is not only important, but also exemplar".

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