New York, September 15, 2055
are a significant achievement of contemporary humanism.
represent the victory of values of human solidarity over doctrines of moral
indifference and political omission towards the excluded.
show we have achieved a level of collective awareness.
are rooted in the conviction that we must fight inequalities, while respecting
and appreciating diversity.
materialize that vision of democracy according to which political rights must be
indissociable from economic, social and cultural rights.
underline the need to increase the production of wealth, but making the benefits
available to all; never eliminating, but rather protecting and renewing the
sources of life.
will surely require new, more creative and responsible relations by humans with
nature and with each other.
Goals, in short, express the ideal of a civilization in which peace is based on
other goals are more just or appropriate.
challenge is to make them real.
do so, we need more than routine mechanisms and procedures.
most countries, the goals will simply not be met, under existing schemes of
financing and restrictions on aid flows .
must take immediate and courageous steps.
resources available to fight poverty and hunger need to be significantly
expanded; we need to provide development opportunities
to poor countries.
developed countries attain the required strategic vision, they will realize that
this new posture, this additional effort is not only fair; it is absolutely
I fear that international peace and security will remain a mirage.
have always said, and I wish to repeat, that each country must do its own part.
have strived to implement in Brazil the same measures we have been proposing in
the international sphere.
have no pretension of being a model for others, but we are motivated by great
enthusiasm and political resolve.
have adopted the Millennium Development Goals as mandatory benchmarks for all
have establisheda national award to recognize best practices in social
solidarity in municipalities, churches, the business sector and social
would like to highlight initiatives of our government in four areas:
the fight against hunger;
the right to jobs;
the promotion of racial and gender
the “Zero Hunger” program, whose main tool is the Family Stipend, reaches
7.5 million families, or about 30 million Brazilians.
the end of my tenure, all families living below the poverty line will be
incorporated into the program.
will finally ensure all its children the right to eat every day.
have come far, and won the credibility to aim at even more ambitious steps
towards social justice.
has recovered a sustained pace of growth, creating jobs and distributing wealth.
the last 32 months, we have created 3.2 million new jobs in the formal sector,
in addition to hundreds of thousands of jobs created at the level of family
to women’s rights and promotion of racial equality permeate all our public
have created special secretariates, with ministerial standing, to ensure that
this really happens.
am very moved by one example in particular: poor black and indigenous people
educated in public schools can now attend universities due to our affirmative
action program, with financial support for poor students.
We have ended the centuries’ old discrimination against rural women, under
which land ownership was granted only to men. Now both men and women can share
the right to land.
Agricultural credit was also the privilege of men. Now both men and women
farmers can take out loans.
the environmental area, I am very pleased to highlight the consistent drop in
deforestation rates in the Amazon region, as well the new prospects emerging for
the region`s 22 million inhabitants, thanks to the Sustainable Amazon Plan, an
innovative project for ecologically-oriented social and economic development.
and economic changes in Brazil are making us a more productive and caring
are ready and willing to muster forces with nations around the world to achieve
the Millennium Goals, to the benefit of poor people and humanity worldwide.
want to conclude by saying that I must refer to a point I raised in the meeting
of the Security Council of the UN regarding the urgent need for a reform of that
organ – in order for it to become more legitimate, more representative –
without which the UN will not fulfill the historic role it is destined for.
you very much.