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About São Paulo

About São Paulo, Brazil

The city of São Paulo, Brazil, has been an ICLEI Member since 1991 and will serve as the host city for the ICLEI World Congress 2024. It is the largest city in Brazil and all of South America, and serves as Brazil’s main economic and financial center. The City of São Paulo is home to over 12M residents, with more than 20M living in the Greater São Paulo metropolitan area.

With this role, the City of São Paulo also plays a leading role among Brazilian cities in sustainability commitment, action and innovation. The City is also committed to creating solidarity and opportunities for international collaboration among cities and regions as an essential part of addressing the global environmental, humanitarian, economic and health crises of our time.

São Paulo's Climate Justice Commitment

The City of São Paulo is committed to tackling the climate crisis, especially addressing the need for climate justice in the process. The City’s actions and plans include the most vulnerable communities and integrate resident participation in democratic and inclusive ways. In addition, food security and circularity of food systems has been a priority area of focus for the City of São Paulo.

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Congress Location

One of the main venues of the ICLEI World Congress 2024 will be Parque Ibirapuera, South America’s most visited park. Designed by renowned landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, Parque Ibirapuera was inaugurated in 1954 to commemorate the city’s 400th anniversary, and it is a striking example of embracing nature within a city’s limits.

Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras in the city of São Paulo.
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Swans, some black and some white, at the Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras in the city of São Paulo.
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Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras

Within the park’s grounds stands the Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras (Pacubra), a distinctive 11,000 square meter building designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s and recognized by municipal, state and federal historical heritage bodies. Many of the sessions of the Congress will be held at this site.

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