Director of Academic Integration presents Brazil's voluntary commitments in the last day of Rio+20

05 July 2012

FGV's Director of Academic Integration, professor Antonio Freitas, presented Brazil's voluntary commitments towards sustainable development during a press conference carried out on June 22, Friday ? the last day of Rio +20. Freitas was invited by Brice Lalonde, executive coordinator of the UN's Conference.

The professor stated that sustainability must be included in Brazilian universities' education next year, and also that this measure must be extended from pre-school to secondary school education in the future. ?It makes no sense teaching Finance without teaching Ethics or Environment. University education is the beginning, but it must be applied to all school levels. I encourage everyone to take actions. It is not only financial commitment, we need government commitment?, he emphasized.


The inclusion of sustainability in curriculum is part of the Environmental Education Guidelines, disclosed last week during Rio+20. Freitas was the president of the commission that prepared the opinion and resolution that make it a required discipline.


About Rio + 20, Freitas believes that ?it is part of the discussion on a better world, where there is respect to everyone's values and interests. Respecting the human being as it is?, he said to FGV News.


Antonio Freitas is also the president of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA), member of the National Council of Education (CNE) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRIME ? associated to the UN).

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