Statement Between the United States and Brazil
June 20, 2003
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.