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                       DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION

                                           13th AU SUMMIT

                                 PRESS RELEASE N. 25 /2009

AFRICAN UNION SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF
THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL, ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Sirte 3 July 2009 – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Jean Ping and
the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia, H.E. Luiz Inacio LULA DA
SILVA, on 1st July 2009, signed an agreement for cooperation and partnership, at the
margins of the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government
of the African Union, in Sirte, Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

During the signing ceremony, the African Union and the Federative Republic of Brazil
recognized the common historical and cultural heritage between the African Continent and
Brazil, as a strong and living ground for effective and fruitful cooperation between the two
parties;

They reaffirm the need to strengthen technical cooperation in the framework of the
Technical Cooperation Agreement between Brazil and the AU, signed on 28 February
2007 in Brasilia, as well as Africa-South America Cooperation;

Both parties acknowledge the vision and commitment of African countries in improving the
living standards of the African populations and welcome the adoption of the Social Policy
Framework (SPF) for Africa, in Windhoek, Namibia, October 2008. In this connection, they
appeal for the promotion of social development based on a human-centred approach that
seeks to promote human rights, social justice and dignity.

They recognize the achievements of Brazil in poverty alleviation and social development,
and that Africa could benefit from emulating these experiences to improve its efforts in the
search of decent living conditions for its populations, which would move the continent
nearer achieving the Millennium Development Goals;

They affirm their commitment to towards the vision and political agenda for social and
human development. Thus, they agree to act jointly support Member States and Regional
Economic communities (RECs) to implement related strategies, despite the dire
constraints posed by the current global financial and economic crises;


                     Division of Communication and Information. African Union Commission

                             E mail: dinfo@africa-union.org Fax 251 11 5511299
Through the signing of a Complementary Agreement for the promotion of South-South
technical cooperation between the Parties, in collaboration with AU Member States,
RECs and other partners, both Parties commit themselves to consolidating cooperation
and partnership in the following jointly identified priority areas: (i) Capacity building (ii)
Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, (iii) Health Assistance, particularly for vulnerable
groups, (iv) Culture and Sports for promoting social development, and (v) other areas of
interest to both Parties. Appropriate modalities for effective implementation and follow-up
on the Complementary Agreement will be agreed.

Joint Reporting on the status of implementation of the Complementary Agreement will be
undertaken every two years, within the framework of the Technical Cooperation
Agreement between Brazil and the African Union.




                    Division of Communication and Information. African Union Commission

                            E mail: dinfo@africa-union.org Fax 251 11 5511299

								
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