In London, Lula Stresses Brazil’s Leading Role in Renewable Fuel

In his speech, Tuesday, March 7, during a state dinner offered by Queen Elizabeth II in his honor, at Buckingham Palace, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva advocated for countries development, with nature preservation.

"In Brazil, we are convinced that there will be no development without paying due respect to the environment," said Lula.

President Lula affirmed that deforestation in the Amazon dropped over 30% in 2005, and mentioned the approval of the Forest Management Program and of the National Water Plan, which determines rational use of water in the country, until 2020.

He emphasized that Brazil is willing to share the alcohol and biodiesel production program. "Through our joint efforts, we may ‘plant the oil’ of the future, opening the way for the global use of renewable, non-pollutant fuels."

The effort to push forward World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, made together with Prime Minister Tony Blair, was also mentioned by Lula.

"We trust that UK’s leadership in Europe, in the G8 [group of seven wealthiest world countries plus Russia], as well as in the multilateral scenery will decisively contribute to the advancement of mutual interest subjects."

In addition to mentioning the need to expand the United Nations, the President thanked Great Britain’s support for Brazil’s bid for a permanent seat in the organization’s Security Council.

Lula affirmed that Brazil will support British proposal for an international financing mechanism for immunization against diseases. The country will contribute US$ 20 million in 20 years.

According to the President, in addition to science and technology, the two countries can also cooperate in the areas of alternative energy, sustainable development, education, and health.

Lula said that both countries should get inspiration in soccer. "We can add British experience to Brazilian creativity to reach better results. It is what British Charles Miller did when brought this sport to Brazil, at the end of the 19th Century."

The Queen gave to the President two silver goblets with an inside coating of gold. The First Lady, Marisa Letí­cia, received a handmade wood jewelry box.

Agência Brasil

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