Brazil and Arabs Join Same Team to Fight Hunger and Poverty

Brazilian child gets food Ministries of Social Development in Arab and South American countries are going to create teams turned to cooperation between the two regions. This was one of the decisions made during a meeting for ministers in the field, which ended Thursday, May 3, in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, and which was part of the follow-up agenda of the Summit of South American-Arab Countries, held in May 2005 in Brazil.

The information was given reporters by the head of the Social Issues division at the Itamaraty (Brazilian foreign office), Mariângela Rebuá.

"The participants decided that focal points are going to be created in the ministries of Social Development in each country. These focal points will be people in charge of preparing the technical aspects of cooperation," said Mariângela, in Cairo.

In the meeting, experiences of social projects carried out in each country were exchanged, and the leaders displayed interest in trading knowledge and in working together in the field.

The Brazilian minister of Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, Patrus Ananias, participated in the meeting, the first ever held in the social field between the two regions.

Another result of the meeting was a decision made by the ministers to create a website, in which the results of the cooperation will be published, as will work experiences carried out in the field in each of the participating countries that might be of common interest.

The page should be included in the site for the Summit (www.mre.gov.br/aspa), in order to enable easy access to all types of information, by all interested parties. By the end of the meeting, there was a consensus between leaders in their willingness to carry on with the process initiated in Cairo.

"The fact that we got together to address a social cooperation agenda, and to seek ways of promoting common work in the field between Arab and South American countries, is extremely positive in itself. The potential for cooperation between us is very high, therefore, from now on, each and every space and possibility of joint work in the social field, in countries in these two regions, will be seized," said Mariângela. During the meeting, a joint document was disclosed, listing areas of common interest in the social field.

"The social problems in the two regions are very similar. That is why the ten-page document, elaborated by the participants and issued during the meeting, highlights areas of common interest. The document identifies common concerns with issues such as the fight against hunger and poverty, implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the rights of women, elderly, people with disabilities, children, and youths," Mariângela explained.

According to the head of the Social Issues division at Itamaraty, there already are United Nations conventions regarding all these subjects; what is lacking is adequate implementation. "And that is what we hope to discuss in our upcoming meetings," she said. It was decided that biennial meetings will be held for ministers, and annual meetings for high-level officials.

Anba – www.anba.com.br

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  • KLAISSA

    DIGA NAUM Àƒ€ ARABES, SAY NO TO ARABZ
    I AM AGAINST THE BRAZILIANARAB COOPERATION.
    OUR FUTURE SHOULD BE WITH USA AND CANADA, NOT TERRORIST COUNTRIES.
    EU SÀƒ” KONTRA ESSA KOOPERASSAUN KÀƒ”¢US PAISES ARABIS.
    NUÀƒ“SSO FUTURU DEVERIA SÀƒÅ  COM US PAIS AVANSSADO COMO US EUA I U KANADÀƒÂ, I NAUM OS PAIS TERRORISTA!
    DIGA NAUM Àƒ€ TERRORISMO ARABE. VIVA O GAY KISS! :-*

  • AES

    Ch.c: You are right.
    It is inexcusable.

  • ch.c.

    Dead wrong….AES !!!!!!!!!!!
    It is not 10 millions brazilians living on $ 2 a day !!!!!!!!!!

    1) Please refer to Wolfowitz speech, in Brazil, in 2005 :
    “This underscores the challenge for Brazil. It’s the challenge of dealing with extreme poverty,” Wolfowitz says.

    “Something like 10 percent of the population in Brazil lives on less than a dollar a day – what we define as extreme poverty. “
    Wolfowitz says about 25 percent of the population in the region lives on less than $2 a day.
    “It does have, I think, the most severe inequality of any region in the world except for sub-Saharan Africa.”

    This means 10 % below $ 1 and 15 % between $ 1 and 2….and not 10 % below $ 1 and 25 % below $ 2 !!!!!

    End results : around 44 millions Brazilians live on $ 2 or less…..and not 10 millions as you suggest.

    Concerning sanitation and drinkling water, please refer to the article in this site :
    51 Million Brazilians Live Without Water, Sewer and Trash Collection
    Written by Newsroom
    Wednesday, 14 September 2005
    Brazil has around 51 million inhabitants living in dwellings that are considered substandard – without sewer pipes, drinking water, property deeds, and garbage collection. This finding comes from the Global Report on Human Settlements 2005, issued Monday, September 12, by the United Nations….etc etc…..

    Concerning under nourrishment and hunger, please read the following article….in this site :
    40% of Brazilians (72 Million) Have Not Enough Food. 14 Million Live in Hunger
    Written by Adriana Brendler
    Thursday, 18 May 2006
    Around 14 million people in Brazil live in constant hunger, and over 72 million Brazilians suffer from some type of food insecurity – that is, two in every five Brazilians don’t have guaranteed access to food in adequate quantity or quality or with sufficient regularity. etc etc !!!!

    Impressive for a country that prefer to export agricultural products to the tune of Us$ 50 billion annually….instead of feeding its own population first !!!!!

  • AES

    You have 10 million people living on $2 a day with no sanitation and no drinking water. It seems the focus, all the focus should be at home. Who’s flying this plane? With billions of dollars in the treasury it is time to transform the country, this country is not an ’emerging country’. It is emerged already. It is behaving as though it is a victim, instead of a leader. The entire infrastructure of this country from education, to a national highway system, should be ‘brand spanking new’. There are no excuses. Only the Seven Deadly Sins.

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