[A2k] Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rousseff includes WIPO and access to materials
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Mon Apr 9 16:11:57 PDT 2012
The following is an extract from the official White House Press Statement
of today's meeting of President Obama and Brazil's President Rousseff- full
"The Presidents reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to the
conclusion of an effective international instrument in the World
Intellectual Property Organization that ensures that copyright is not a
barrier to equal access to information, culture, and education for visually
impaired persons and persons with print disabilities."
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Subject: Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rousseff includes
WIPO and access to materials
Note the inclusion of disability and a statement about access to materials
on WIPO in the below joint statement from President Obama and President
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Subject: Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rousseff
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2012
Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rousseff
Read the Joint Statement in Portuguese
At the invitation of President Barack Obama, President Dilma Rousseff made
an official visit to the United States on April 9, 2012 to discuss their
countries' ongoing relationship on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and
multilateral issues. The Leaders expressed satisfaction with the
constructive and balanced partnership, based on the shared values and mutual
trust that exist between their countries, the two largest democracies and
economies in the Americas.
To form a U.S.-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century, the Leaders reviewed
the progress of major dialogues elevated to the Presidential-level in March
2011 - the Economic and Financial Dialogue, the Global Partnership Dialogue,
and the Strategic Energy Dialogue. To contribute to the 21st Century
Partnership, the Presidents directed a new Defense Cooperation Dialogue
between their two Defense Ministers that will also report regularly to the
Presidents. They praised the work and acknowledged the importance of
numerous other interactions and consultations between their two governments
in enhancing bilateral cooperation.
They coincided on the importance of the contributions from civil society and
the private sector to create the basis for a US-Brazil Partnership. The
Presidents participated in the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, noting the important
role that the private sector plays in the commercial relationship and
welcomed the activities of the April 9, 2012 "US-Brazil Partnership for the
21st Century" conference in Washington focused on trade and investment,
energy, innovation, competitiveness, and education.
The Leaders stressed that partnerships between state and local governments
contribute to the fostering of friendship and understanding between their
countries and to the advancing of shared national goals. They welcomed the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to Support State and Local
Cooperation, encouraging subnational entities to unite efforts to achieve
goals in areas of mutual interest that complement the strengthening of
U.S.-Brazil bilateral relations, such as trade and investment, economic
opportunity, science, technology and innovation, social inclusion,
environmental sustainability, and preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,
the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other megaevents.
The Leaders highlighted the important discussions that have taken place
under the Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD). The Presidents noted their
satisfaction with the EFD's expanded focus on infrastructure and investment
in both countries and welcomed the creation of a dialogue on investment
under the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The Leaders also
noted the importance of the Commercial Dialogue and the Economic Partnership
Dialogue between the two countries. President Obama announced the September
2012 trip of the President's Export Council to Brazil and President Rousseff
stressed that high-level sectoral trade missions to the US will be
organized, in areas such as foodservice, information technology, health and
President Rousseff underscored the importance of investment in
infrastructure-including in view of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and the
2016 Olympic and Paralympics Games-as well as in the energy sector, in
particular the development of technology and productive capacity in Brazil.
They welcomed the growth of the U.S.-Brazil trade and investment
relationship, illustrated by a record $74 billion in two-way trade in 2011.
They further emphasized the importance of the mutual benefits of stimulating
increased trade and investment. They reiterated their commitment to the
multilateral trading system and to working together to ensure that the World
Trade Organization contributes to global economic growth and job creation.
The Presidents reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to advance trade
in services and manufactured goods and to strengthen collaboration in
agricultural policies, research, science-based sanitary and phytosanitary
measures, as well as to strive, both in bilateral and multilateral fora,
towards the removal of barriers to trade in agricultural products.
They highlighted education as an increasingly important strategic priority
for strengthening and supporting all aspects of the U.S.-Brazil partnership,
particularly science, technology, innovation, and competitiveness.
Recognizing the economic advantages for both countries of increasing contact
between Americans and Brazilians, the Presidents welcomed the momentum of
and support for the U.S. 100,000 Strong in the Americas and the Brazilian
Science Without Borders international exchange initiatives. They hailed the
start of activities of the first group of students and researchers
participating in Science Without Borders and look forward to welcoming
thousands more students in both countries.
The Presidents welcomed the VII US-Brazil CEO Forum's support for the
100,000 Strong in the Americas and Science Without Borders initiatives, and
their joint recommendations and commitment to enhanced engagement aimed at
strengthening the business environment, increasing bilateral trade and
investment, improving infrastructure, enhancing women's economic
empowerment, encouraging energy and aviation cooperation, and tracking
progress toward these ends.
In the context of the EFD, the Presidents discussed greater collaboration in
international financial institutions and as they look toward the G-20 Summit
in Mexico to reduce global imbalances, promote financial stability and
inclusion; and to create the conditions for strong, sustained, and balanced
growth. They stressed the need to deepen the reform of the international
financial institutions, which must reflect the new economic realities and,
in this regard, underscored the importance of working together on quota and
governance reforms in the IMF.
They welcomed the consolidation of the G20 as the highest forum for
coordination of international economic policies and reaffirmed the G20 role
in advancing measures to promote inclusive growth, job creation and
overcoming global imbalances. They recommended that the two countries'
senior representatives to the G20 continue to hold regular bilateral
consultations. They noted the continued uncertainty present in the
international economy while highlighting the important steps recently taken
by European policymakers. They welcomed the continued signs of economic
recovery in the United States. The Leaders also highlighted the
opportunity for closer cooperation in the Multilateral Development Banks.
The Presidents noted the convergence of positions regarding the application
of the "Emissions Trading System" (ETS) of the European Union, to
international air transport. They further emphasized that issues related to
international civil aviation emissions should be resolved multilaterally.
The Presidents underscored the importance of the upcoming United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil as an opportunity
to promote sustainable development through innovation and broad stakeholder
engagement. They emphasized the importance of broad participation in the
High Level Segment of the Conference, on June 20-22, 2012. In support of
this expanded collaboration, they recognized progress on mobilizing
investments in smart and sustainable infrastructure in Rio de Janeiro and
Philadelphia under the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability.
The Leaders praised the strengthening of US-Brazil dialogue on sustainable
development and welcomed the adoption of an Environmental Protection
Agency-Ministry of Environment Memorandum of Understanding, focused on
environmental impact assessment, risk analysis, social inclusion and
environmental justice. The leaders also praised the signing of a Memorandum
of Understanding on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development to grow
cooperative efforts and deepen learning exchange in the field of sustainable
housing and urban development in support of the Energy and Climate
Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
They welcomed the outcomes of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, in
December 2011, which reached a comprehensive and balanced result. They
further highlighted the importance of the multilateral system in dealing
with climate change through effective implementation of the outcomes from
The Leaders praised the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the
Aviation Partnership, as well as progress made toward facilitating greater
travel and tourism between their countries while maintaining and improving
border security. They noted that the US-Brazil Aviation Partnership will
promote bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, air transportation, and air
traffic, which will contribute to growth, competitiveness and socioeconomic
development in both countries. Areas of engagement may include exchanges of
best practices, research and development, innovation, new technologies,
sustainability, training, logistics, supply chains and other topics.
The Presidents reviewed the implementation of measures that facilitate the
flow of tourists and business executives between the two countries. They
committed to work closely together to satisfy the requirements of the of the
US Visa Waiver Program and Brazil's applicable legislation to enable US and
Brazilian citizens visa free travel. They discussed the "Global Entry"
pilot-program and praised the efforts of both governments to facilitate
travel, to the benefit of their respective citizens. President Obama
recalled his directive to accelerate the U.S. ability to process visas by 40
percent in Brazil this year as well as the Department of State's recent
announcement of its intent to open new consulates in Belo Horizonte and
They expressed their satisfaction with the advancement of a "Green-Lane"
pilot-project on air cargo transportation, aimed at adopting a broad program
of mutual recognition of authorized economic operators, to facilitate trade
in goods between the two countries.
The Presidents welcomed the adoption of the Brazil-US Action Plan on Science
and Technology Cooperation, which reflects the outcome of the March 2012
Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology and highlighted the
creation of a working group on innovation to explore the role of innovation
in promoting competitiveness and job creation. The JCM also addressed
cooperation in ocean science, technology and observation, disaster
management, basic science, measurement standards, including for advanced
biofuels, and the importance of access to Earth Observation data. They also
welcomed the discussions during the III JCM on health, biomedicine and life
sciences, women in science and nanotechnology.
The Leaders highlighted the importance of strengthening the bilateral space
cooperation and instructed the appropriate agencies to examine the
feasibility of developing joint space projects. They took note of the recent
meeting in Brasilia of the Space Security Dialogue.
They highlighted the increasing importance of Internet and information and
communication technologies (ICT)-related issues and the need to deepen
discussion and expand cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil on issues so
vital to their economies and societies. They noted with satisfaction the
longstanding collaboration in those areas and welcomed the establishment of
a new mechanism for consultations on issues such as Internet governance,
Internet/ICT policy, and cyber security.
The Presidents spoke at length about global developments and welcomed the
continued progress of the Global Partnership Dialogue (GPD). They welcomed
the advancement of educational cooperation, scientific cooperation, and
trilateral cooperation under the GPD. The Leaders noted their commitment to
promote democracy, respect for human rights, cultural awareness, and social
and economic inclusion around the world.
The Presidents concurred that just as other international organizations have
had to change to be more responsive to the challenges of the 21st century,
the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also needs to be reformed, and
expressed their support for a modest expansion of the Security Council
that improves its effectiveness and efficiency, as well as its
representativeness. President Obama reaffirmed his appreciation for Brazil's
aspiration to become a permanent member of the Security Council and
acknowledged its assumption of global responsibilities. The two leaders
pledged to continue consultation and cooperation between the two countries
to achieve the vision outlined in the UN Charter of a more peaceful and
In exchanging views on recent challenges in Africa and the Middle East, the
Presidents underscored the importance of cooperative efforts to bring about
the sustainable settlement of disputes that contribute to peace and
stability. They expressed their commitment to support, as a matter of
urgency, comprehensive and lasting multilateral solutions to today's
pressing global issues and crises.
The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to government transparency and
accountability, as well as citizen engagement as key to strengthening
democracy, human rights, and good governance, and preventing corruption.
They celebrated their joint launch of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)
in New York last September, praised the close collaboration between the two
countries as co-chairs of the Partnership and discussed the upcoming OGP
meeting in Brasilia, at which more than forty new countries will issue
National Action Plans that include concrete new commitments on fighting
corruption, promoting transparency, and harnessing new technologies to
President Obama congratulated President Rousseff on Brazil's Freedom of
Information Act, and its regional and global leadership role in engaging
civil society and attracting a diverse set of countries to the second major
high-level meeting. President Rousseff also congratulated President Obama
on the U.S. implementation of its OGP plan, including the recent launch of
Ethics.gov and the new Green Button initiative to ensure consumers have
access to their own energy data.
The Leaders also reviewed and noted the progress of their countries'
trilateral development cooperation in Latin America, the Caribbean, and
Africa on issues ranging from food security, energy, agriculture, health,
decent work, and humanitarian cooperation. They recalled their
collaborative work and directed further efforts on trilateral food security
cooperation. They welcomed the signing of an agreement on technical
cooperation activities to improve food security in third countries.
They encouraged greater trilateral security cooperation and welcomed the
recent launching of the pilot project for integrated monitoring system for
surplus coca cultivation reduction in Bolivia.
The Presidents praised the cooperation fostered under the Joint Action Plan
To Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality in the
areas of health, environmental justice, access to justice, education, and
entrepreneurship in sports megaevents. They noted that as their economies
grow, it is important that the benefits accrue to all sectors, including
children and aged people and historically marginalized sectors such as
women, people of African descent, indigenous peoples, people with
disabilities, and LGBT people. They welcomed additional collaboration on
LGBT issues in human rights multilateral fora. They also highlighted
progress in bilateral cooperation for gender equality and advancement in the
status of women, including efforts aimed at increasing women´s political and
economic participation in the fields of science and technology; as well as
the prioritization of prevention and response to gender-based violence
The Presidents reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to the conclusion
of an effective international instrument in the World Intellectual Property
Organization that ensures that copyright is not a barrier to equal access to
information, culture, and education for visually impaired persons and
persons with print disabilities.
They expressed their satisfaction with the positive effect of the dialogue
regarding the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child
Abduction on the implementation of this instrument in Brazil and in the
The Leaders expressed their support for the theme of the upcoming Summit of
the Americas, "Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity", which
focuses on the role of physical integration, regional cooperation, poverty
and inequalities, citizen security, disasters, and access to technologies as
a means to achieve greater levels of development and overcome challenges in
The Heads of State discussed the importance of continued economic progress
and political stability in Haiti, to include the formation of a new
government and timely elections. They underlined the achievements of the UN
Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and encouraged the Government of
Haiti (GOH) to work toward strengthening governance and the rule of law.
They further encouraged Haiti to continue to pursue the development of the
Haitian National Police. To spur new public-private partnerships for Haiti's
energy sector, the Leaders committed to working with the GOH on developing
and implementing its national energy plan, including its plans to modernize
Haiti's electric utility and harness renewable energy sources, like the
Artibonite 4C hydroelectric plant, to power Haiti's future development.
The Presidents noted the launch of the Strategic Energy Dialogue (SED) with
significant interagency collaboration of both countries. They underscored
increased cooperation on oil and gas, biofuels, renewable energy and energy
efficiency, science, and clean energy. Underscoring the importance of
developing all of these key resources for global energy security, the
Leaders directed their governments to seek greater opportunities to work
with industry partners to help stabilize global oil and gas markets,
increase access to energy, and enhance and promote the development and
deployment of renewable, clean and low-carbon energy technologies.
The Leaders noted the importance of broader collaboration on oil and gas
exploration; in particular the safe, clean, and efficient production of
their countries' oil and gas reserves. They emphasized their commitment to
provide opportunities that encourage companies to invest in production and
to share their technology and their experience in ways that develop capacity
in the oil and gas sector. They highlighted the importance of their
governments and industries sharing information on best practices, including
on unconventional gas development and through ongoing technical
collaboration on deep-water oil and gas operations.
The Leaders committed to continue building on their countries' collaboration
on bioenergy technology development and research, as well as sustainability;
including for aviation biofuels and cooperation in third countries, such as
Global Bioenergy Partnership capacity building in West Africa. They hailed
the joint efforts that resulted in the conclusion of the first phase of
viability studies for bioenergy production in third countries under the
framework of the Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Cooperation on
The Presidents highlighted the importance of their regional cooperation on
renewable energy through identification of potential financial resources
from multilateral organizations. With regard to energy efficiency, they
committed to support regional efforts to increase cooperation in the energy
sector and further collaboration under the auspices of the Energy and
Climate Partnership of the Americas.
As part of the Presidential Dialogues, the Leaders directed the
establishment of a Defense Cooperation Dialogue (DCD) and announced its
first meeting on April 24 in Brazil. They noted the importance of the
enhanced dialogue in enabling closer bilateral defense cooperation between
their countries based on mutual respect and trust. They also observed the
DCD will provide a forum for exchanging views and identifying opportunities
for collaboration on defense issues around the globe.
They reiterated both countries' strong resolve to support international
efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear security, and
disarmament, aiming to achieve the peace and security of a world without
nuclear weapons. In this regard, they expressed support for the review
cycle of the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and
the goals identified in the Action Plan adopted by the VIII NPT Review
Conference, which includes the entry into force of the Comprehensive
Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the beginning of negotiations on a treaty
banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons or other
explosive purposes, and related initiatives. They decided to intensify
bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of physical protection
and nuclear safety, as well as the use of nuclear energy for peaceful
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