03/27/2017 - 03/31/2017
Language: Portuguese, Spanish

Between March 27 and 31, 2017, Belém (PA) hosted the biggest international meeting on social protection for the Amazon region: the first Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection.

The main objective of the seminar was the promotion of sharing of knowledge and experiences on social protection in the Amazonian context among countries of the region. The populatin’s diversity, the various forms of economic and social organization, and the challenges of mobility require the State to take a close look at specific characteristics that must be considered to provide public services and guarantee fundamental rights, with an emphasis on social assistance.

The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development (MDSA), in partnership with the World Bank and UNESCO, with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty ( WWP), the Brazilian Navy, the Secretariat for Social Assistance, Labor, Employment and Income of the State of Pará and Belém, Barcarena and Acará Municipalities.

The closed meeting was aimed at public managers, representatives of traditional peoples and communities and social movements, as well as researchers, academics and representatives of international organizations.

The speakers’ presentations revealed an overview of the situation and the challenges of social protection in the Amazon region, with updated data.

All information provided by MDSA


Materials from the Seminar

Executive Summary of the ‘Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection’
This document summarizes the objectives, schedule and next steps of the Pan-Amazonian Seminar



Day 1

The Amazon and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (in Portuguese)
Presentation by Haroldo Machado Filho, UNDP sustainable development specialist, at the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection (March 27-31, 2017 in Belém).

Inclusive social development with a focus on rights in Latin America and the Amazon countries (in Spanish)
Presentation by Laís Abramo, Director of Social Development of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), at the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection (March 27-31, 2017 in Belém).

A Social Protection Agenda for the Amazon (in Portuguese)
Presentation by Maria do Carmo Brant de Carvalho, National Secretary for Social Assistance, Brazil,  at the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection (March 27-31, 2017 in Belém).


Day 2

Food (In)Security in the Brazilian Amazon (in Spanish)
Ana Maria Segall-Corrêa, PhD in collective health, senior university lecturer and alternate member of the National Council for Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA)

Colombia: Food Security and Nutrition resulting from Social Prosperity (in Spanish)
Julián Torres, Director of Cash Transfers, Colombian Government´s  Department of Social Prosperity

Forests and Sustainable Development: Socio Bosque Conservation Program (Ecuador) (in Spanish)
Zack Romo, National Coordinator of Conservation Incentives, Ecuador

Rural Productive Inclusion: Access to water and other social technologies and promoting Rural Productive Activities (in Portuguese)
Francisco Fujita de Castro Mello, Director of the Department of Production Promotion and Productive Structuring of the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development of Brazil

The challenges of provision of social policies in the Amazon (in Portuguese)
Heitor Pinheiro, Coordinator of the Pará Social Program

Civil Society Social Welfare Organizations in the Amazon (in Portuguese)
Douglas Gualberto Carneiro, Coordinator-General for Monitoring the Social Assistance Network of the Unified Social Assistance System

Institutional coordination for the implementation of the “More Families in Action” and “Youth in Action” Programs in the Colombian Amazon (in Spanish)
Julián Torres,  Director of Cash Transfers,  Colombia´s Department for Social Prosperity, on “More Families in Action” and “Youth in Action” programs

Brazil: Integration of services and benefits of the Unified Social Assistance System (in Portuguese)
Renata Aparecida Ferreira, Director of Basic Social Protection of the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development


Day 3

Ecuador: Project for Strengthening Amazon Intercultural Communication (in Spanish)
Néstor Alexander Agreda Orellana, Advisor of the Institute for Amazonian Regional Eco-development (Ecuador)

The Importance of Listening and Dialogue with Civil Society and Users of Public Policies (in Portuguese)
Célia Regina das Neves Favacho, Women Coordinator of the National Commission for the Strengthening of Extractive Reserves and Traditional  Coastal and Marine Extractive Peoples (CONFREM) and representative of the National Council of Traditional Peoples and Communities

The Profile of Poverty in the rural North and Northeast of Brazil (in Portuguese and English)
Fernando Gaiger, Researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

Social Assistance Surveillance in the Amazon (in Portuguese)
Luis Otavio Farias, Director of Management of the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS) of the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development, Brazil

Colombia: Territorial focusing as a tool for social inclusion (in Spanish)
Julián Torres, Director of Cash Transfers, Colombian Government´s  Department of Social Prosperity

Brazil: Unified Registry for Social Programs (in Portuguese)
Tiago Falcão, National Secretary for Citizenship Income of the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development, Brazil


Day 4

Bolsa Verde: Eradicating extreme poverty and promoting nature conservation (in Portuguese)
Leonardo Marques Pacheco, Project Manager of the Department of Extractivism of the Ministry of the Environment

Socio-environmental and productive inclusion according to CooperAcre (in Portuguese)
Sebastião Nascimento de Aquino, Director of CooperAcre

Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Operational Nucleus (ATER) – Resex Tapajós (in Portuguese)
Alcilene Cardoso, Regional Coordinator of the Lower Amazon Region at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM)

Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents (in Portuguese)
Cláudia Vidigal, National Secretary for the Promotion of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of the Brazilian Ministry of Human Rights

Child and adolescent labor in the Pan-Amazonian context (in Spanish)
Maria Olave, project officer of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Initiative for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor, International Labor Organization (ILO)

The International Dimension of the Amazon: Discussion and Research Agenda (in Spanish and Portuguese)
Professor Luis Aragón, postdoctoral fellow in population studies and professor at the Federal University for Latin American Integration (UNILA)

Venezuelan Migration to the State of Roraima: Numbers and Challenges (in Portuguese)
Gustavo da Frota Simões, Professor of International Law at the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR)

Social Progress Index (IPS) in the Brazilian Amazon (in Portuguese)
Daniel Santos, Associate Researcher of the Man and Environment Institute for the Amazon (IMAZON)

Innovation in Socio-territorial Monitoring and Diagnosis in the Amazon (in Portuguese)
Fabio Morais, Head of the UNICEF Office in Belém

The Multidimensional Poverty Index in Colombia (in Spanish)
Juan Carlos Gualdrón, Assistant Director-General of the Agency for Overcoming Poverty, Department for Social Prosperity (Colombia)