The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is one of the most important private universities in Brazil, with a history of research that distinguishes it in all scientific areas, exact and social sciences, engineering and humanities. PUC-Rio was founded in 1941 by D. Sebastiao Leme and the Father Leonel Franca, S.J., and recognized officially by Decree 8681 of 15 January 1946. By decree of the Congregation of Seminars, 20 January 1947, the university received the title of Pontifical. Located in the neighborhood of Gavea in the city of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio will host the Forum Science Technology and Innovation.
PUC-Rio in 2009 created the Environmental Agenda, first published document in a brazilian university that meets the vision of sustainability from a multidisciplinary group of teachers and students. In this document are short, medium and long term guidelines and targets for sustainability at the University, both regarding their management, teaching and research. The initiative began with the pioneering "Sustainability Commission" created after participation in the PUC-Rio Global Colloquium of Deans held in New York, on the initiative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
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The Forum is organised by ICSU, in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. (ICSU)