About HIDS

What is HIDS?

The proposal of an International HUB for Sustainable Development is to build a structure that combines and articulates actions, through partnerships and cooperation between institutions that have competences and interests aimed at providing concrete contributions to sustainable development broadly, including actions that have impacts on the social, economic and environmental axes. This structure must be based in a place where the synergies are identified and potentialized, being thus denominated like a HUB. The occupation of this area is an opportunity to explore initiatives to promote and foster the UN Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Objectives, a commitment signed by 150 countries, including Brazil.

The HIDS’S vision is to contribute to the process of sustainable development, adding national and international efforts to produce knowledge, innovative technologies and education of future generations, mitigating and overcoming the social, economic and environmental fragilities of contemporary society.


We understand HIDS as a living lab, which can be an international model of smart and sustainable district (considering the word “sustainable” in a broad sense). To accomplish this challenge, it will be necessary to explore the mixed use of the soil and to adopt the best world practices of cities that have planned their urban spaces anchored in sustainable principles as reference. Also, with respect to the activities that can be developed in HIDS, it is understood that each actor and institution participating in this initiative can act in a way that is coherent with its own mission and vision of the future, but always with the prerogative to comply with the principles of sustainable development. In its essence, HIDS can be built, as suggested by PUC-Campinas, to be a Free Zone of Knowledge, consolidating itself as an attractive locus for the exchange of knowledge with the world.

All activities and urban development of HIDS should have as a background the preservation and conservation of the environment and may, among other examples:

  • promote collection, treatment and recycling of solid waste,
  • the rational use of water,
  • clean and efficient use of energy,
  • develop and use innovative technologies and business models such as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles,
  • adopt circular and shared economy,
  • ensure zero net emissions of greenhouse gases,
  • propose new solutions for housing and access to the amenities of a city of the future.

Photo: Luis Francisco Macedo

Project: Ana Caroline/Camila Kato/Elena Gomez/Helena Monteiro/Luiz Nascimento/Rafael Kenzo


With the prospection of HIDS having reached the city of Campinas and the region, the rectors of Unicamp and PUC-Campinas, as well as the mayor and vice-mayor of Campinas, established a commitment for the construction of an agreement between the stakeholders about this initiative. This Agreement will define, in general lines, the content, values and criteria that will guide the elaboration of the masterplan of the district, bringing the general guidelines agreed by these actors and supported, always, in the Sustainable Development Objectives. Acknowledging the importance of this initiative for the development of the region and even the country, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund, in the long run, activities related to the development of a master plan for HIDS by the end of 2020. This masterplan will be prepared by a team from Unicamp, PUC-Campinas and City Hall of Campinas.