May 28, 2024

U.S. and Brazil Reaffirm Commitment to Combat Racial Discrimination and Promote Equality

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, reads a statement ahead on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ahead of Security Council consultations on Non-proliferation/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. With her are the Permanent Representatives of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Brazilian Minister of Racial Equality Anielle Franco on Wednesday announced their countries’ renewed commitment to the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial Discrimination and Promote Equality (JAPER). The announcement was made at a joint press conference held in Salvador, Brazil.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Minister Franco emphasized the importance of addressing systemic racism and promoting equality in their respective nations, which are home to the two largest African diaspora populations in the world. The joint action plan, originally signed in 2008, aims to address racism and social barriers for marginalized racial and ethnic communities.

Under the renewed commitment, the two countries will establish a new, comprehensive bilateral work plan later this month. The plan will prioritize ending violence, promoting access to education and healthcare, nurturing culture, and preserving memory. Efforts will also be made to connect the Afro-Brazilian community with the African American community and build bridges between Indigenous communities in both countries.

The U.S. will support initiatives such as career coaching, journalist training, mentorship and funding for innovative start-ups, and providing resources for community networks in Brazil. The collaboration will also extend to multilateral efforts at the United Nations and subnationally by connecting communities and cities directly.

Both Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Minister Franco emphasized that diversity is a strength and that racism is a problem shared by both nations. The joint effort aims to create a more equitable, loving, and hopeful future for all.

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