New York Communique - Meeting at the margin of the 58th UNGA - New York - 25 September 2003

1.The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the President of Brazil, Mr. Luiz In�cio Lula da Silva, and the President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki met yesterday, 24 September on the occasion of the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Their meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of India, Yashwant Sinha, Brazil, Celso Amorim, and South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who exchanged views on a number of current international issues.

2.They underlined the need to strengthen multilateralism and, in this regard, agreed to cooperate among themselves and with the Secretary General to further UN reform.

3.The Ministers also agreed that their countries would cooperate in international fora and in discussions on multilateral issues.

4.Recognizing that trade is an important instrument in economic growth and in the creation and distribution of wealth, they stressed the importance of promoting a development agenda in the WTO. They renewed their commitment to work together to foster reform in trade in agriculture, which will eliminate all distorting subsidies and ensure access to markets in developed countries, while recognizing the need for operationalising special and differential treatment for developing countries. They exchanged views on the ongoing negotiations of the Doha Round, in particular the recently held Cancun meeting, and emphasised the importance of the continued work and coordination of the G-22.

5.They reiterated the determination of their Governments to contribute actively to the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals set at major United Nations Conferences and the Millennium Summit, in particular that of halving, by 2015,
the proportion of the world's people who suffer from poverty and hunger.

6.They agreed that efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger must be undertaken within the broader framework of the promotion of human rights, in particular their economic, social, and cultural rights and the right to development. Combating hunger goes beyond the provision of food and encompasses structural measures in many areas, in particular education, sanitation, health, employment, rural development and infrastructure.

7.They noted that recent data demonstrate that in the absence of renewed and bold efforts to promote and finance the implementation of strategies to combat poverty and hunger the international community will be far short of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

8.In this context, they underlined their commitment to cooperate in the design and implementation of replicable and scaleable projects for poverty reduction and alleviation of hunger as well as improved access to education, health and sanitation. These would include the identification of demonstration projects and best practices, in the abovementioned areas, to be disseminated at the regional and international levels as concrete examples to advance the Millennium Development Goals. The preparation, approval and implementation of such projects would follow the existing procedures and standards within UNDP and other UN agencies. The three countries invite the involvement of other interested countries in this initiative. They also want to secure the support of the private sector and the participation of civil society. To stress their commitment, India, Brazil and South Africa will make contributions to this initiative in order to facilitate the start-up of projects.

9.This initiative should be seen as complementary to other ongoing efforts being considered by the international community with the aim of combating poverty and hunger.

10.They agreed that the next meeting of the IBSA Trilateral Commission will take place in India, during the second half of March, 2004. Meetings in the areas of planning, science and technology, defence and agriculture, among others, will be held before March 2004 to implement the objectives of the Bras�lia Declaration and feed into the next meeting of the Trilateral Commission.

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