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The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2012

image of The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2012
The main focus of this latest edition is the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The event marked a crossroad for sustainable development and set the sustainability agenda for the next decade. Therefore, the world expected that a strong call for responsible and sustainable business practices – as covered by the United Nations Global Compact – would emerge as a result. The aim of this publication is to provide a global overview of the achievements of the Global Compact. It offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders all around the world and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles.

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Slum upgrading in São Paulo

With a population of about 20 million people, São Paulo is the fifth largest urban agglomeration in the world. The rapid rural-to-urban migration following the industrialization that took place during the mid-20th century has led to an immense urban population increase. Today, 75 percent of the Latin American population live in urban areas. The city’s infrastructure cannot satisfy the needs of that rapidly growing population.

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