• Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    A Brazilian Promise

    Dilma Rousseff

    Dilma Rousseff

    Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s leading candidate for the Oct. 3 presidential elections for the ruling Workers Party, and former minister for energy and Cabinet chief of the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva government, writes exclusively for TerraViva on uniquely Brazilian achievements — with promise of more to come.

    BRASILIA: Ahead of schedule, Brazil was able to reach its poverty-reduction target established under the Millennium Development Goals. Public policies leading towards a country without misery were vigorously implemented in the last eight years, based on a plan to ensure economic development with social inclusion.

    For the first time in many decades, economic growth and distribution of wealth began to walk hand in hand, and today we total 28 million people who have left extreme poverty behind, and another 29 million who have ascended to join the middle class.

    But there is still much to be done. We are absolutely convinced that achieving developed nation status requires eradicating misery and demands that all Brazilian women and men have access to conditions that guarantee dignity and citizenship.

    Overcoming the historic wounds of poverty and inequality also requires an international convergence of forces that are more favourable to changes of this nature. That is why we are convinced that Brazil’s new political relationship with the rest of the world is another side of this social transformation.

    This is a commitment that we will continue to pursue in the coming years. A new global geopolitics must respond to today’s international challenges — victory over poverty and inequality, as well as achieving an environmentally sustainable development model are among those challenges.

    We know that there is no peace without economic and social development. Because of what our country has accomplished in the recent past and for the position it holds in the present, Brazil has an enormous contribution to make to the future of the planet.

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