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Lula Shows the UN a Rosy Picture of Brazil Where Hunger Is on Its Way Out

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva affirmed today that Brazil is engaged in fulfilling the Development Goals of the Millennium “with enthusiasm and political determination.”

In a speech before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, Lula adduced examples of what the country has done to achieve the Goals of the Millennium.


He emphasized four spheres of activity: the struggles against hunger, against unemployment, against racial and gender inequalities, and on behalf of environmental preservation.


“We adopted the Goals of the Millennium as a mandatory guideline for our governmental policies,” he asserted.


With respect to the struggle against hunger, Lula presented the results of the Family Grant program, which, he said, currently assists around 30 million people.


“By the end of my mandate, all families that live below the poverty line will be included in the program,” the President remarked.


Lula also recalled that, under his administration, 3.2 million jobs have been generated since January, 2003, departments with ministerial status were created for the promotion of gender and racial equality, and racial quota programs were introduced into higher education.


In the environmental sphere, the president highlighted the reduction of deforestation in the Amazon and the Sustainable Amazon Plan, which is aimed at promoting economic and social development, ensuring environmental preservation at the same time. According to Lula, this plan should unveil new perspectives for the 22 million people who inhabit the region.


In his speech, Lula once again urged that the UN Security Council be enlarged. He said that altering the structure of the Council is a matter of urgency. Without the reform, he affirmed, “the UN will not fulfill the historic role for which it is destined.”


The Security Council is the UN body that discusses and decides on questions involving armed conflicts and international security. At present, only the five permanent members – China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Russia – have voting and veto rights in the Council.


The speech was the president’s final commitment at the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He is expected to arrive back in Brasí­lia tonight.


Agência Brasil

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    have guts
    If you are going to write such negative comments at least have the guts to use your name.

    Michael

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    ?????
    …hunger is a bigger shame from a country that calls itself….the garden of the world !!!!

    …hunger is a bigger shame from a country who has the world largest available good agricultural land.

    …hunger is a bigger shame from a country that calls itself….the world lowest costs in agricultural productions !!!

    …hunger is a bigger shame from a country that exports so much agricultural products to the rest of the world…but doesnt have enough food for their own needy citizens !!!!!

    Simply stated….why dont you export a little less and distribute more to your citizens…suffering hunger ???????? Or produce more to have the same goal ???????????????

    Are you not ashamed to ask other countries to help you…to reduce hunger in your own country ???????

    Poverty is another debate !!!!!

    You have everything available right to you feets, so why ask help outside…..again and again…as usual ????????????????????????????????????

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    smile……
    Numbers of poors in your country are not lower as Lula says ! Just look at true numbers published in this same magazine just a day or two ago.
    3.2 millions jobs created is nothing to be proud of…when he promised 10 millions.
    3.2 millions jobs was created not because of Lula as he says….but because the US decided, 2 years ago, to lower the interest rates to a 50 years low and accepted a huge trade deficit. That help ALL developing countries to have a much better growth rate.
    Eeven your growth rate of the last 3 years was not that big. Just have a look at most other developing countries growth rates….that were much higher than yours….for reasons explained above !!!!!!
    As to your ratio of foreign debt to total debt, here too it was not really decreased, it did because your currency strengthened…because ir collapsed just earlier…., and you still pay very high interest rates….that are also reasons why you did not grow as much as other developing countries.

    By doing so…..you just put an auto goal….to yourselves.

    Truly nothing to be so proud of !!!!!!!!

    Just wait now when the US will have an economic slowdown, and byyye byyye to your growth, new jobs, export growths, etc etc !

    You had a small boom and will have a big BUST…very shortly….end of 2006 or early 2007 !!!!

    So just continue to critize and hate Americans as you do now. They say nothing…but at their game….developing countries will definitely loose ! Because most countries to whom you really export…will themselves suffer too…from the expected US slowdown…which means you will export less to them too…..by definition !!!

    But Lula was/is/will not be…the magician he pretends to be !!!!

    Cheers

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