On November 24, Researcher Sérgio Veloso and research assistants Manaíra Assunção and Karin Adams represented the BRICS Policy Centerat the Rio+Talks event on “Legal Mandates on Sustainable Social Protection in Africa”. The event was held in the Rio+ Centre, also known as the Global Center for Sustainable Development.

The event included a presentation from Professor Marius Olivier, Director of the International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP) in South Africa. There was also a roundtable discussion with Lúcia Modesto (Programs Integration Subsecretary at the State Secretariat for Social Assistance and Human Rights, RJ), Professor Pedro Cláudio Cunca Bocayuva (Center for the Study of Public Policy and Human Rights, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ) o Diretor do Rio+ Centre, Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, and the BPC researcher Sérgio Veloso.

The debate focused on four main topics: a Brazilian perspective on the contribution of South-South cooperation to social security in Africa, the current scenario of social policies in Brazil, a territorial perspective on social protection systems, and the lessons Brazil can learn from the experiences of African countries.

The Rio+ Centre was established in conjunction with the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The center works with government, civil society and private entities in order to create policies and practices that create better social, environmental and economic justice.