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“When we decided to call upon the mayors of the cities where the most deforestation was occurring, the governors of the states that had more fires, and called to talk; offering them the possibility, an offset, something that would allow for their development, which enabled them, rather than continue as adversaries, to become partners in caring for our forests. Similarly, businesspeople have come to realize that taking care of the forest (...) was not something contrary to their interests. It represented a comparative advantage for Brazilian products in the international market.”

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Brasil combina desenvolvimento e preservação ambiental e torna-se exemplo para o planeta

The latest Brazilian diplomatic victory came at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2013. President Dilma and German Prime Minister Angela Merckel, forwarded to the UN a draft resolution The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age - a response the revelation that US agencies had practiced electronic espionage against several heads of state, including Dilma and Merkel, and also against citizens and companies from various countries.

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Under the Lula and Dilma governments Brazil’s presence began to be felt in international organizations more than it had ever been, and is characterized by the permanent protection of the interests of the poor, as evidenced by the performances of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Organization United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Paul Vanucchi, one of three elected members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS); and Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Brazil becomes reference for Africa, Latin America and emerging countries

The formation of an economic and political bloc with the BRICS characteristics has been part of the Lula government’s program since the 2002 elections. Since then, the Foreign Ministry has been acting to create what was just an acronym created by the chief economist of Goldman Sachs, Jim O'Neil.

The group, initially only BRIC (without the participation of South African), gained prominence with the global crisis, when, in addition to representing 65% of global GDP growth, began to present new proposals and solutions to old problems of the world economy.undial.

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The five emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) that had the highest rates of growth in the last decade, the BRICS have gained increasing influence in the world economy and politics. The consequences of the economic crisis in the US and Europe certainly contributed to this, but the joint, constant dialogue, and the 500% increase in trade between the five countries have enhanced this growth in power.

Together, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa account for 43% of world population and almost 30% of global GDP.

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The BRIC Bank is an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

With the feeling and conviction that it was possible to avoid war, Brazilian diplomacy and President Lula himself joined the government of Turkey and surprised the world. Through dialogue, Brazilian and Turkish diplomats succeeded, in 2010, what seemed impossible: Iran agreed to send lightly enriched its uranium stocks to receive additional levels of enrichment in other countries, up to 20%, so they could be used for research and medical treatments.

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Brazilian military presence in Haiti aids in reconstruction