Joint Work Programme Brazil City Statute Publication



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The City Statute of Brazil (Federal Law Number 10.257), approved in 2001, is a unique ground-breaking legal instrument conceived by the widespread urban reform movement in Brazil. It is regarded as a social achievement which took shape gradually in Brazil over a number of decades. It seeks to bring together, in a single text, a series of key themes related to democratic government, urban justice and environmental equilibrium in cities. The publication, prepared jointly by the Ministry of Cities and the Cities Alliance, is a first attempt to provide an account of the experiences and concepts guiding Brazil’s effort to overcome urban inequality. The centerpiece of these efforts is the City Statute. The publication is to be launched and disseminated at the Fifth World Urban Forum, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2010.
The main objective is to disseminate the concepts of the Brazil City Statute and how it introduced the right to the city, the social function of property, innovative tenure policies, inclusive planning and participatory city management strategies into a Federal Law to Cities Alliance members and partners.
1. Preparation of contents in Portuguese and translation in English and Spanish 2. Book preparation and printing 3. Dissemination of the publication in WUF 5  
Expected Impacts and Results
This publication contributed to sharing lessons learned amongst Cities Alliance members and partners, Ministry of Cities (Brazil) members and partners, other local and national governments, policy makers and academics. The publication was launched at the fifth World Urban Forum (WUF5), where the “The Right to the City – Bridging the Urban Divide” was debated. The Forum was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22-26 March 2010. The event attracted more than 5,000 people. There was a huge demand for the books by the national and international audience at the Forum. About 1,000 books in Portuguese and about 600 books in English were distributed. The publication is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English. It is increasingly used as a reference material for studies and courses about urban legal framework and right to the city in Brazil and abroad.