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Ensuring resilient urban services: The Rio de Janeiro's experience

Anh Thu Duong



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


ICC: Voices from Cities Room A
ICRC, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro and Geneva Cities Hub
English, Polish, Portuguese + CART
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
VC-A 12


Urban violence is affecting many cities worldwide, thereby disrupting the provision of essential services for affected communities. Armed violence causes schools and health clinics or other core public service facilities to shut down. The event will showcase how the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has managed to enhance urban resilience by ensuring access to its essential services, in close collaboration with the ICRC, through the Safer Access for Essential Services Program. The event aims to highlight this methodology which has been developed to reduce, mitigate and respond to the consequences of exposure to armed violence settings. It will also underline the role that cities play in federating actors to address a common challenge and how local solutions can be scaled up to enhance urban resilience and help achieve the objectives of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs. The hope is that Rio de Janeiro’s good experience could be replicated in other cities which face similar challenges.


- Highlight the impact of urban violence on people’s everyday lives, with a focus on access to essential services and encourage closer collaboration between humanitarian actors and municipal actors that provide essential services.

- Highlight that urban violence constitutes a challenge to achieving SDGs: inadequate essential service provision in urban violence contexts is a development challenge, as well as a humanitarian challenge.

- Share practical approaches to strengthen urban resilience: provide the audience with insight into the Safer Access for Essential Services Program in Brazil – how it works, its successes and challenges, in the hope that the approach of Rio de Janeiro’s can be adapted and used by other cities.

Session speakers

Mr. Eduardo Paes
City of Rio de Janeiro
Mr. Gilles Carbonnier
Ms. Ana Christian Thomé Veneno Batista
Undersecretary for network, articulation and integration
Municipal Secretariat for Education, Sports and Recreation, Rio de Janeiro
Ms. Renata Costa de Oliveira
Preventive Education Team leader, School Protection Management Unit
Municipal Secretariat for Education, Sports and Recreation, Rio de Janeiro
Mr. Adriano Rosa de Souza
Director (School Principal)
CIEP Hélio Smidt
Mr. Eduardo Ubierna Beguin
ICRC Operations Coordinator for the Americas
Ms. Karen Evelice Cerqueira Fernandez
Acesso Mais Seguro ICRC Programme Manager