Watch the third joint report by AQ and Efecto Naím, which analyzes Brazil’s readiness to host two upcoming major sporting events: the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Historically, large events such as the World Cup and the Olympics have provided an opportunity for countries to showcase themselves to the world. Many believe this is Brazil’s turn to demonstrate its rise on the international scene.
According to the report, however, almost 40 percent of the projects—in infrastructure, housing, transportation, and security—currently being carried out by the Brazilian government to prepare for the millions of tourists that will visit the country for the events have not been completed.
Under Agenda 21 of the International Olympic Committee, host countries’ responsibilities not only refer to meeting appropriate standards for the games, but also entail improving the country’s socioeconomic conditions, conserving and managing resources for sustainable development, and strengthening the roles of youth and women. To date, Brazil is also lagging in these regards.
Poor infrastructure and people’s right to housing are among the main concerns for Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, who has denounced forced evictions and the lack of consultation with communities that are affected by the infrastructure developments associated with the events.
Efecto Naím, a weekly television news program broadcast by NTN24 and hosted by international news commentator Moisés Naím, offers a unique insight into how our world is changing. The show airs Sunday evenings on channels in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
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