Brazil and US: A Pledge of Allegiance

    
Brazil and US: A Pledge of Allegiance

    "Reaffirming our commitment to advance common values, we will
    continue to work together to
    protect and advance democracy, human
    rights, tolerance, religious freedom, free speech and
    independent
    media, economic opportunity, and the rule of law."

     
    by:

    Thaddeus Blanchette

    Joint Statement Between the United States of America and the Federative Republic of Brazil

    The United States and Brazil resolve to create a closer and qualitatively stronger relationship between our
    two countries. It is time to chart a newly purposeful direction in our relationship, guided by a shared vision of
    freedom, democracy, peace, prosperity, and well-being for our peoples, in order to promote hemispheric and global
    cooperation.

    We are among the most populous democracies in the world. Forged from diverse cultures, proving that
    diversity is our strength. Continental in size and immigrant in origin, we share the fundamental belief that freedom,
    democracy, and social justice are universal aspirations, essential for peace and prosperity and unconstrained by
    either culture or level of economic development. Our commitment to human rights for all people in every nation is
    strong and unwavering.

    We agree that representative democracy and the rule of law are indispensable to building modern
    economies and political systems that promote growth, accountability, transparency, and stability, and encourage
    economic opportunity without favor or prejudice. Democracy is essential to sustainable development. In the same way,
    reducing inequality and improving social justice contribute to stability and international security.

    We affirm that countries should embrace policies that promote growth and social inclusion, which are the
    key to increasing incomes, improving standards of living, and ending poverty and hunger. We share the conviction
    that governments should work to empower their people through good governance, fighting corruption, ensuring
    personal security, encouraging enterprise, and providing all citizens access to high-quality education, adequate health,
    and nutritional care.

    We agree that free trade furthers prosperity and development, contributes to the promotion of
    entrepreneurial initiative and to the strengthening of the private sector, with positive social impact. We also agree that trade
    liberalization can contribute to dynamic growth, technological innovation, and to individual and collective
    advancement over the long term. We therefore reaffirm our commitment to fighting protectionism.

    We have built creative, entrepreneurial societies. Regionally as well as globally, we have important
    responsibilities in areas such as commerce, science and technology, energy, environmental protection, education, and
    health. The currents of commerce and culture that link our societies run strong and deep. Our partnership of shared
    values leads us to seek a natural partnership of shared endeavors.

    As two nations recognizing both the promise and desperate poverty of Africa, and the strong ties and
    African heritage of many of our citizens, we commit ourselves to working together for an African continent that lives in
    liberty, peace, and growing prosperity. We intend to pursue this goal through our diplomacy and the promotion of
    projects that reinforce economic, commercial, social, and cultural ties with the countries of Africa.

    Therefore, the United States and Brazil will engage in regular consultations, working together for
    prosperity, democratic governance, and peace in the hemisphere and beyond. Reaffirming our commitment to advance
    common values, we will continue to work together to protect and advance democracy, human rights, tolerance, religious
    freedom, free speech and independent media, economic opportunity, and the rule of law.

    We will cooperate on issues of mutual interest that contribute to the defense and security of the
    hemisphere, bolstering joint efforts to counter terrorism, narcotics trafficking and consumption, trafficking in persons, and
    other transnational criminal challenges to regional peace.

    Our strength lies in the ability of our people to shape their destiny and to realize their aspirations for a better
    life. That is why the United States and Brazil are and will remain allies in the cause of democracy. We will share
    our experience in nurturing and strengthening democratic institutions the world over, thereby fighting challenges to
    the democratic order from poverty, illiteracy, intolerance, and terrorism. Moreover, we recognize that
    successfully addressing the hemisphere’s challenges requires collaborative and cooperative efforts and, to that end, we will
    work together to strengthen the Organization of American States, the bulwark of regional cooperation, including
    through implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. We need to reinforce the U.N. system, especially
    by exploring ways to make the Security Council and other U.N. bodies more effective and more responsive to
    current international challenges and realities.

    We have much to learn from each country’s unique experience in modernizing our economies; achieving
    advances in science, technology, and medicine; finding solutions to pressing environmental problems; addressing
    energy challenges and needs; and advancing quality education and expanding enrollments in primary education. We
    are committed to working together to find concrete ways to extend the benefits of these reforms to all our people.

    We will cooperate, including through direct contacts between the business communities of our countries, to
    advance U.S.-Brazilian economic, trade, and investment relations; and recognizing our responsibility as co-chairs of
    the negotiations, to successfully conclude the negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas by January 2005.

    We will work together to preserve and promote stability and growth in the global economy. Opening trade
    and resisting protectionism are essential for meeting that challenge. We support an open, equitable, transparent,
    and rules-based multilateral trading system, and we will work together to strengthen it, especially by working for a
    successful completion of the WTO negotiations of the Doha Development Agenda by January 2005.

    Today, we pledge to deepen the U.S.-Brazilian partnership in mutually positive ways, always seizing
    opportunities to advance the diversified interests we have in common, always seeking to reconcile differences through
    dialogue and engagement. Our constructive partnership is not an end in itself, but a means to all these ends. It is
    reinforced by, inter alia, academic, cultural and commercial ties, and increasing kinship among our people. In this
    process of further enhancing our bilateral relations, we have decided to give special attention to the following areas:
    science and technology, energy, education, health, economic growth, and agriculture.

    As further indication of our close ties, U.S. and Brazilian advisors will consult often, maintaining a dialogue
    on these matters of mutual interest. We have also agreed on a framework for high-level consultations and joint
    working groups across the broad spectrum of areas in which we are determined to institutionalize our enhanced cooperation.

    For the United States and Brazil, this is a day marked by the crossing of a new threshold into a higher
    stage in our relationship. We have before us the possibility to realize the full potential of such a relationship. We will
    work to seize that opportunity, for our benefit and for all those with whom we share this increasingly interdependent world.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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