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SDG 16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

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SDG 16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Early warning systems and plans to avert disasters due to extreme rainfall are still flawed, study shows
SDG 11, SDG 16
Early warning systems and plans to avert disasters due to extreme rainfall are still flawed, study shows

Researchers analyzed landslides caused by storms in São Sebastião (Brazil) in 2023, when at least 65 people died, and suggest involvement of the local community in contingency programs.


Project seeks to strengthen public policy for disaster risk management
SDG 13, SDG 16
Project seeks to strengthen public policy for disaster risk management

The extreme weather events in the South of Brazil call for urgent coordinated action by governments and entities. The Paraíba do Sul basin is the focus for a “pilot” project conducted by a group of researchers.


University of São Paulo presents seven new research centers directly linked to the Rector’s Office
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 13, SDG 16
University of São Paulo presents seven new research centers directly linked to the Rector’s Office

Today’s key issues, such as artificial intelligence, climate change, cancer and Brazilian institutions, will be the focus of inter-institutional and multidisciplinary teaching and research; the new organization gives groups more autonomy and agility.


Cocaine is an emerging contaminant of concern in the Bay of Santos (Brazil), says researcher
SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 16
Cocaine is an emerging contaminant of concern in the Bay of Santos (Brazil), says researcher

The drug accumulates not only in water, but also in sediments and marine organisms, and poses a high ecological risk, said Camilo Seabra, a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo, during FAPESP Week Illinois.


Food insecurity is significant among inhabitants of the region affected by the Belo Monte dam in Brazil
SDG 1, SDG 16
Food insecurity is significant among inhabitants of the region affected by the Belo Monte dam in Brazil

A study of 500 households in Altamira, a city near the dam in Pará state, showed that 61% experienced food insecurity.


Theories that explain the crisis in democracy are inadequate for Latin America, experts say
SDG 16
Theories that explain the crisis in democracy are inadequate for Latin America, experts say

Countries in the region are experiencing a different phenomenon from that observed in the United States and Europe, where increased social inequality may have been the cause of the advance of political polarization. The assessment was made by participants in FAPESP Week Illinois.


Project combines data science and sociology to map crime
SDG 16
Project combines data science and sociology to map crime

With the support of FAPESP, the research is developing mathematical and computational tools that will address issues related to public safety in an innovative way.


New center will use data and artificial intelligence to support public safety policymaking
SDG 16
New center will use data and artificial intelligence to support public safety policymaking

FGV Analytics is a partnership involving FAPESP, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, the University of São Paulo and the São Paulo State Department of Public Safety. Its mission includes fostering development of evaluation tools and evidence-based public policy.


Method involving citizen participation is effective to address risks of environmental disaster
SDG 11, SDG 16
Method involving citizen participation is effective to address risks of environmental disaster

A research project showed that mobilizing citizens in flood-prone areas improves data collection and increases resilience.


Leader of federal agency lists suggestions for revitalization of Brazilian science
SDG 16
Leader of federal agency lists suggestions for revitalization of Brazilian science

Ricardo Galvão, President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), discussed the status quo and outlook for Brazilian science in the first of the 2023 FAPESP Lectures.


Police violence is linked to society’s political culture and how we deal with life, scientist says
SDG 16
Police violence is linked to society’s political culture and how we deal with life, scientist says

Experts discussed violence and radicalization at an online seminar held by the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences. The topic is the title of the seventh and last chapter of FAPESP 60 Anos: A Ciência no Desenvolvimento Nacional.


Digital literacy is fundamental to protect people from manipulation made possible by new media
SDG 16
Digital literacy is fundamental to protect people from manipulation made possible by new media

A presentation to the 16th edition of the series of FAPESP 60 Years Conferences emphasized the importance of giving users of digital communications technology a minimum of means to defend themselves from fake news.


Land grabbers, miners and farmers are driving encroachment into Indigenous reserves, documentary shows
SDG 16
Land grabbers, miners and farmers are driving encroachment into Indigenous reserves, documentary shows

Experts who took part in a seminar held by FAPESP highlighted the importance of Indigenous filmmaking to a wider societal awareness of the conflicts occurring on Indigenous reserves and in conservation units in the Amazon.


Poverty and acute social inequality are causes of indifference to democracy, says political scientist
SDG 16
Poverty and acute social inequality are causes of indifference to democracy, says political scientist

The latest in the FAPESP 60 Years lecture series featured an assessment of the current social and political conditions in Brazil by Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, a professor at the University of São Paulo. The event focused on the erosion of liberal democracy. Oscar Vilhena, Dean of Getúlio Vargas Foundation’s São Paulo Law School, also took part.


Participation by civil society is indispensable to conservation of cultural heritage, experts say
SDG 16
Participation by civil society is indispensable to conservation of cultural heritage, experts say

The topic was discussed during the 7th FAPESP 60 Years Conference. The speakers presented proposals that could help institutions surmount the longstanding problem of lack of funds in Brazil.


Model developed in Brazil can predict conviction of lawmakers for corruption
SDG 16
Model developed in Brazil can predict conviction of lawmakers for corruption

A study conducted by researchers at the University of São Paulo estimated the likelihood of politicians’ future conviction for corruption and other financial crimes by analyzing networks pointing to similarity of voting histories.


Experts discuss violence committed by the state, militias, and radical movements
SDG 16
Experts discuss violence committed by the state, militias, and radical movements

The third event in the series FAPESP 60 Years featured three researchers who are leading experts in the area: Donatella della Porta, Sérgio Adorno, and Michel Misse.


Social protection is decisive to contain COVID-19, according to a study covering 77 countries
SDG 3, SDG 16
Social protection is decisive to contain COVID-19, according to a study covering 77 countries

A project led by researchers at Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Brazil and the University of Michigan in the US produced a detailed analysis of the effects of public policies and government decisions on the response to COVID-19, highlighting the factors that influenced its success or failure in many countries and regions around the world.


FAPESP and 15 other funders launch joint call for research proposals in social sciences and humanities
SDG 10, SDG 16, SDG 17
FAPESP and 15 other funders launch joint call for research proposals in social sciences and humanities

The call aims to advance knowledge of the societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and solutions to mitigate them. The submission deadline is July 12. Eligibility checking ends June 14.


Researchers analyze the growth of anti-vaccine movements during the pandemic
SDG 16
Researchers analyze the growth of anti-vaccine movements during the pandemic

Pro-Vaccine Union, an initiative of the University of São Paulo in partnership with other organizations including Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers funded by FAPESP, is monitoring anti-vaccine groups on Facebook in an effort to understand the workings of the social media ecosystem that spreads disinformation.


Global Research Council discusses the role of funding agencies in the pandemic
SDG 16, SDG 17
Global Research Council discusses the role of funding agencies in the pandemic

Fast-track project selection and the capacity to make efficient use of resources and cross-border partnerships have made funders fundamental to the response to the challenges of COVID-19 in the Americas, according to participants in the GRC’s regional meeting.


Research in social sciences and humanities is key to combating COVID-19 pandemic, funders insist
SDG 16
Research in social sciences and humanities is key to combating COVID-19 pandemic, funders insist

Collaborative projects in these knowledge areas can produce information that helps policymakers understand the behavioral changes required to manage the ongoing public health crisis and mitigate its impacts, according to participants in the annual meeting of the Trans-Atlantic Platform, held online in September.


Emergency income support has changed the way Brazilian society sees the welfare safety net
SDG 1, SDG 10, SDG 16
Emergency income support has changed the way Brazilian society sees the welfare safety net

Economists who took part in a webinar organized by FAPESP to discuss options for the post-pandemic economic recovery said this is the right time to implement broad basic income policies.


International study will compare different countries’ responses to COVID-19
SDG 3, SDG 16
International study will compare different countries’ responses to COVID-19

Project led by researchers from Brazilian and American institutions will collect primary data during the pandemic to create a repository that will serve as a basis for future studies. The findings of the comparative analysis will be published in book form.


FAPESP joins UN global committee to support postpandemic recovery
SDG 8, SDG 10, SDG 16, SDG 17
FAPESP joins UN global committee to support postpandemic recovery

Scientific Director Luiz Eugênio Mello is taking part in a group charged with providing scientific support to the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery.


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