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By Lisa Molinari and Melissa Rossi, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While global attention convenes on the Rio+20 UN Conference, the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro has organized a calendar of activities related to sustainable development practices in many favela communities. The goal is to raise awareness of the difficult economic conditions while trying to stimulate social inclusion and dialogue through programs like organic gardening, craft fairs, and the use of public transportation.

The hosting of events within these communities is paramount . . .

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