Over 30% of Brazilians Live in Subhuman Condition

Over 30% of Brazil’s population of nearly 180 million lacks access to decent housing and, consequently, lives in subhuman conditions in nine metropolitan areas, in addition to BrasÀ­lia and Manaus, according to data from Brazil’s Ministry of Cities.

This situation is the result of the urbanization process that has occurred in the country during the last 50 years.


Approximately 82% of the Brazilian population is currently concentrated in urban areas, whereas the global average stands around 50%, according to the United Nations (UN).

In his address yesterday at the II World Urban Forum in Barcelona, Spain, the Brazilian Minister of Cities, Olí­vio Dutra, claimed that transcending this model – which, in his view, leads to social exclusion and an increase in poverty and violence – requires a pooling of efforts by federal, municipal, and state governments, together with the participation of civil society.


Dutra’s speech dealt with the theme “Local Authorities’ Forum for Social Inclusion (FAL).”

The next edition of the World Urban Forum will be held on January 24-25, 2005, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, parallel to the World Social Forum.


The FAL was founded in Porto Alegre at the beginning of 2001 by 180 mayors and representatives of cities from Europe, Latin America, and Africa.


According to the Minister, the forum represents an important instrument in the search for alternatives to exclusive globalization, which is “dictated by the market” and “income-concentrating.”

The local administrators who gathered at the first edition of the forum formulated the Porto Alegre Letter, which defines cities as “important instruments to halt the processes of social exclusion and to develop policies and provide responses to the problems that block citizenship.”

Dutra also pointed out that the proposal of the FAL is for leaders to play the role of builders of government policies aimed at development with social inclusion, capable of guaranteeing access to the goods essential for a decent life.


“It is necessary to dream about another globalization, that goes beyond the current economic domain, that is consistent with democratic local, regional, and national decisions, and that ensures the sustainable development of the planet,” he emphasized.

Agência Brasil
Reporter: Juliana Andrade
Translator: David Silberstein

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilians Back on the Streets Calling for President’s Impeachment

Major Brazilian cities were swept by protests on Sunday demanding an end to corruption ...

Brazil, on the IMF’s Right Side

The head of the IMF’s Atlantic Division, Phil Gerson is in Brazil. After visiting ...

Brazil’s Attorney General Goes After Those Involved in Vote-Buying Scandal

Regarding the decision by Brazil’s Attorney-General of the Republic, Antônio Fernando de Souza, to ...

To Be Black or Not Black? In Brazil…Who Cares!

A couple of months ago, an older, well-educated female student in my intermediate conversation ...

Brazil: Development Bank Makes Largest Loan Ever for Biofuel Project

The Inter-American Development Bank is going to loan US$ 269 million and to help ...

Lula Travels and for the First Time Ever a Communist Takes Over in Brazil

During six days up to the year’s end, when Lula travels outside the country, ...

Brazil’s Oil Production Abroad Grows 8%

Petrobras, Brazilian state-controlled oil multinational, had average international oil and gas production of 218,117 ...

Brazil’s Small Ambition: 1% of the World’s Garment Trade

Brazilian clothing exports should grow only 3% this year, due to the heavy depreciation ...

Brazil and Argentina Build AIDS Drug Factory in 2006

Latin America and Caribbean nations have agreed, in Brazil, to act together to increase ...

Brazilians in the West Bank Might Not Be Able to Vote for President

There are currently 93 electoral zones abroad, some of them comprising more than one ...