Brazil’s Lula to Sign Accord on Biofuel During Finland Trip

Brazil's sugar cane Next week, Brazil and Finland should sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of clean development mechanisms under the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol. The agreement, still under negotiation, should be established during an official visit of the Brazilian president Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva to Finland, scheduled for September 10 and 11.

"Basically, the MoU focuses not only in the negotiation of carbon credits, but also in cooperation aimed at disseminating clean energy sources", said the ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis, head of the European Department at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Trade. A similar commitment was set with Denmark in April this year.

The environmental issue will only be one of the issues under discussion in the return visit, a follow-up to that of president Tarja Halonen to Brazil, in 2003.

The two countries will also discuss mutual candidacies to international organizations, and will review matters pertaining to the multilateral agenda, such as the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (UN), negotiations between the Mercosur and the European Union, the UN reform, and the Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

"Finland is not one of the most open countries in terms of subsidies, but we will always reiterate our interest in successfully concluding the round," said the ambassador.

Regarding the UN reform, Finland is a co-sponsor to the proposal by the group comprised of Brazil, India, Germany and Japan for reforming the Security Council – the G4 proposed an increase in the number of members, up from 15 to 25, with a greater number of permanent and non-permanent seats.

"This is a field in which our interests coincide to a certain extent," she said. According to the ambassador, the country might use the occasion of President Lula's visit to announce its support to Brazil's ambition for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

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  • ch.c.

    Marta Suplicy ?
    Was she not the junkie who said—- Rio is as safe as any large cities in the world ?
    May be it was not her but a Rio tourism officer

    Anyway….can anyone reveal another city, outside Brazil, of course, where the army is needed regularly to “try but without success”
    to reduce crimes, violence and insecurity ? πŸ˜‰

  • John Cale

    Since when Marta Suplicy is a “diplomat”? She was the mayor of SΓ€Ζ’Β£o Paulo and she is now Tourism Minister, and she underperfomed in both posts.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]”This is a field in which our interests coincide to a certain extent,” she said. According to the ambassador, the country might use the occasion of President Lula’s visit to announce its support to Brazil’s ambition for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

    [/quote]

    I am pleased at the efforts of our beloved Prez working so hard to gain a permanent seat in U.N. security council.I hope he would nominate my favorite diplomat Marta Suplicy to occupy this seat.

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