|Árvore da Vida program honored with Brazil Millennium Development Goals Award|
A public ceremony on May 30, lead by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, marked the announcement of the 50 winners and finalists of the 4th annual Brazil MDG Awards recognizing projects nationwide which exemplify best practices.
This year AVSI Foundation was among those honored: the "Arvore da Vida" collaboration with FIAT Brazil was named a finalist out of the 1,638 entries this year. The ceremony took place in Brasilia in the Presidential Palace, the "Palacio do Planalto" also sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the participation of many Ministers of Brazil and of African Portuguese-speaking countries.
Representing the program Arvore da Vida, FIAT’s Ana Veloso, AVSI Brazil’s Gianfranco Commodaro (pictured far left), and CDM’s Martionei Gomes (pictured far right) attended to receive the award.
The awards, as noted by President Youssef in her speech, are intended to recognize commendable efforts by civil society organizations and local governments contributing to Brazil’s advancement toward achieving the "Millennium Development Goals," which were established by the United Nations and its 191 members to define what priorities should be developed to reduce poverty and arrive at a level of sustainable development by 2015.