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Brasilia 28 November - With the third largest prison population in the world, Brazil has almost two prisoners for every vacancy in the penitentiary system, which has led the country to recurrent episodes of violence in prisons. According to the most recent data from the National Survey of Penitentiary Information (Infopen), the total number of prisoners in the country reached 726,712 in June 2016, when the number of places in the system was 368,049.

In this context, with an emphasis on reducing prison population, the National Justice Council (CNJ), UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed on Tuesday (27) an international technical cooperation project to strengthen monitoring and supervision of the prison and socio-educational system.

In his address, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean Luis Felipe López-Calva thanked CNJ for its confidence in the realization of the project, the director added that the Judiciary plays a central role in fulfilling Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). "Strengthening governance and the rule of law is an essential part of sustainable development efforts. And the judiciary plays a central role in promoting this agenda," he said.

Tech and innovation to boost SDGs – In Rio de Janeiro the director was the keynote speaker in a high level event to discuss how innovation and technology can help achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs during the 1st Global Forum on Innovation and Technology, which began at the Museum of Tomorrow. National and international experts from governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and international organizations took part in discussions on food security, infrastructure, work and employment, and development with a focus on sustainability.

At the opening of the Forum López-Calva highlighted that science and technology are essential tools to challenges of the countries.

"We need to innovate in the public sphere to deal with the challenges and make the best use of science and technology and all the possibilities to innovate in the public sphere and face the challenges. The Agenda 2030 is a country-signed document through which we try to achieve an ideal where countries, regardless of their ideologies and policies, pursue the same goals for all members of society. In Latin America, to achieve these goals, we need to improve production, increase inclusion and be more resilient, "the UNDP Regional Director said.

Listen to his remarks on 1’09”.

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