LatinNews Daily - 20 February 2023

Brazil’s Lula meets Biden in US

Brazil: On 10 February Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met US President Joe Biden in Washington D.C. According to a joint statement following their meeting the two leaders “reaffirmed the vital and enduring nature of the US-Brazil relationship and underscored that strengthening democracy, promoting respect for human rights, and addressing the climate crisis remain at the centre of their common agenda.” Both leaders noted they “continue to reject extremism and violence in politics, condemned hate speech, and reaffirmed their intention to build societal resilience to disinformation”. The two also highlighted their determination to “place urgent priority on climate change, sustainable development, and the energy transition” and recalled the Joint Initiative on Climate Change established in 2015, which created the high-level US-Brazil Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). Also announced was their decision to “instruct the CCWG to reconvene as early as possible to discuss areas of cooperation, such as fighting deforestation and degradation, enhancing the bioeconomy, bolstering clean energy deployment, strengthening adaptation actions and promoting low carbon agriculture practices”.  The statement highlights that as part of these efforts, the US announced its intent to work with congress to provide funds for programmes to protect and conserve the Brazilian Amazon, including initial support for the Amazon Fund, and to leverage investments in “this critical region”. Also discussed during the meeting was a joint interest in strengthening bilateral cooperation in areas such as trade and investment, energy, health, science, technology and innovation, defence, education and culture.

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