Brasilia, April 25, 2022: On Monday (25), Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez co-chaired the U.S.-Brazil High Level Dialogue 2022 with their counterparts, the Secretary of the Americas, Ambassador Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva; the Secretary for Foreign Trade and Economic Affairs, Ambassador José Buainain Sarquis; the Secretary for Consular Affairs, Cooperation and Culture, Ambassador Leonardo Luís Gorgulho Nogueira Fernandes from the Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations.
The Dialogue reaffirmed shared goals of strengthening democratic governance, institutions and the rule of law, economic prosperity, health, the environment, security, and human rights. As UN Security Council members, the United States and Brazil reiterated their firm commitment to peace and security, discussed international condemnation of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine, and mitigation of the global impacts of the conflict.
Participants discussed the vast bilateral trade and investment relationship, including U.S. support for Brazil’s accession to the OECD, the implementation of new protocols of the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between U.S.-Brazil Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) – agreement recently ratified by the Brazilian Congress, as well as Brazil’s recent entry into the Global Entry program. Participants also discussed ways to build more resilient supply chains through the principles of transparency, diversity, security and openness ahead of the next Supply Chain Ministerial Forum.
In addition to the efforts already mentioned, the United States will also send experts in the field of fertilizers to explore technologies more efficient ways of utilization. The delegation also talked about the bilateral Critical Minerals Working Group to foster cooperation between the two countries, which is crucial for energy transition and economic progress. Ahead of the Department of Energy’s May 2022 U.S.-Brazil Energy Forum and Clean Energy Industry Dialogue in Washington, both governments discussed plans to eliminate illegal deforestation, achieve net zero carbon emissions, and foster investment critical to the energy transition.
To combat the health and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the two countries also discussed a regional approach to addressing the challenges of systemic governance, oversight, and financing in the public health sector. The United States and Brazil have donated millions of Covid-19 vaccines to countries in the region and around the world and explored possibilities for future collaboration in vaccine development and other medical technologies. The delegations discussed how greater bilateral and regional public health collaboration will help fight the pandemic and prevent future outbreaks.
The Dialogue explored possibilities for global peacekeeping cooperation, special security and civil nuclear power. Brazil and the US continue to cooperate to humanely manage irregular migration and address the root causes of migration.
The delegation included several representatives, such as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ricardo Zúniga, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mark Wells, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Transformation Anna Shpitsberg.
For more information:
- National and Regional Security Newsletter: https://br.usembassy.gov/u-s-brazil-high-level-dialogue-2022-national-regional-security/
- Economic Growth and Prosperity Newsletter: https://br.usembassy.gov/u-s-brazil-high-level-dialogue-2022-economic-growth-prosperity/
- Democracy and Governance Newsletter: https://br.usembassy.gov/u-s-brazil-high-level-dialogue-2022-democracy-and-governance/