DECLARATION OF THE FORUM OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR THE IBSA SUMMIT PLENARY SESSION, APRIL 15 2010, PAL�CIO DO ITAMARATY, BRAS�LIA, BRASIL
1. Brazil, India and South Africa are countries that share common characteristics and visions. We are developing countries, relevant regional actors and emerging global players. Moreover, we are vigorous and diverse democracies, whose governments and societies have been working to reduce poverty and inequality and promote inclusive governance.
2. The presence of large metropolitan areas is also a common feature of IBSA countries. A priority of IBSA should be to understand their dynamics and complexities and face their problems jointly, based on exchange of experiences and explore its enormous potential. We recognize the fact that these challenges cannot be solved without making a strong commitment to development of rural areas and smaller towns.
3. On April 13 and 14, Ministers of States and representatives of national governments, local authorities, local governments’ associations, experts and civil society organizations from Brazil, India and South Africa met in Brasilia and held a debate on "Developing Metropolises: Overcoming Common Challenges through South-South Cooperation ". During this process we exchanged experiences, identified common interests and objectives and proposed a work plan on intergovernmental relations and local governments.
4. To this end, the Forum of Intergovernmental Relations and Local Government will be the instance for driving this theme, in order to discuss relations between levels of government in our countries for inclusive governance and proposing concrete actions and projects and integrating our national, regional and local governments and civil society in joint initiatives such as decentralized cooperation.
5. Finally, we declare our commitment to bring IBSA closer to the people, ultimately creating a common identity.