Motivation, objectives, organization

The celebration of the Conference in Rio de Janeiro allows us to approach the social reality of a country, Brazil, where 80% of the population lives in Big Cities. In this country, as in others in South America and the world, large cities grow in number and size, and the problems of water, air and waste are intensely lived.

The international character of the Conference is reflected in the outline of the discussion of the issues raised and the origin of the speakers, who come from different continents and stand out for their technical, scientific and social competence.

Each morning will be organized around one of the three key issues: water, air and waste. They will hold conferences dedicated to the technical, administrative and ethical aspects of each topic. After each conference there will be debates between the speakers and the conference attendants on the most relevant aspects raised.

Each afternoon will be dedicated to a panel discussion that will combine the interventions of invited personalities and conference attendants.

Management panel. Constituted by mayors of four Big Cities with the participation of many others from different countries.

To contribute and discuss the experience of the problems of management, organization and planning of Big Cities to respond to the social and environmental needs and the economic resources available.

Panel of ethical and social reflection. Constituted by religious leaders: Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Protestant.

To describe the main contributions of the various religions to the demands of nature and the humanization of large cities

Scientific-technical panel. Constituted by Rectors of Universities of different countries.

To describe the study strategies that are developed in the scientific and academic world to get progress into the knowledge of processes that affect ecosystems and the environment, particularly those that have greater impact on humans.