Carlos França also stressed the need for sustainable development in Brazil and stated that he will preach ‘health diplomacy’ in the search for vaccines against Covid-19
The new minister of Foreign Relations, Carlos France, took office at a private ceremony on Tuesday, 6. In his first speech as minister, France went in the opposite direction to that of his predecessor Ernesto Araújo and defended diplomacy, dialogue and the urgency of sustainable development in the country. The minister started his speech, which was later released by the Foreign Ministry, underlining what he called “the three urgencies of Brazil”. “The time is urgent. And President Bolsonaro instructed me to face them. This is our most immediate mission. I underline three of them here: the urgency in the field of health, the urgency of the economy and the urgency of sustainable development ”, said França.
On the articulation of the portfolio in search of vaccines against Covid-19, a point frequently questioned by critics of the former minister, the current chancellor defended a “true health diplomacy”. “In different parts of the world, contacts with governments and laboratories will be increasing to map available vaccines. There will be increasing consultations with governments and pharmacists, in the search for remedies necessary for the treatment of patients in a more serious condition. These are contributions from the external front that we can and must bring to the internal effort to fight the pandemic. Contributions that are not enough in themselves, but that can be decisive ”, he assured. According to the minister, his commitment is to engage Brazil in an “intense international cooperation effort, without exclusions”. France added that it is working together with World Trade Organization (WTO) for an initiative on Trade and Health, which aims to ensure wide access to vaccines and medicines.
Regarding the economy, the minister stated that modernization depends on the greater integration of Brazil in global value chains. “There is no modernization without exposing the country to the highest standards of public policies – that is why it is important for us to have an ever closer relationship with OECD. There is no modernization without opening up to the world – and for that reason our foreign policy has a universalist meaning, always guided by the protection of our legitimate interests ”, he pointed out. On climate change, the chancellor defended that Brazil is at the “vanguard” of sustainable and clean development. According to him, the country must show the world that its energy matrix is predominantly renewable, that the electricity sector is three times cleaner than the world average, that agricultural production has the mark of sustainability and that Brazil has environmental legislation. most rigorous in the world. “It is not a question of denying the challenges, which obviously persist. The fact is that Brazil, in terms of sustainable development, is in the column of solutions ”, he said.
An important point in France’s speech was the emphasis on unity. He affirmed that his greatest articulation will be with public bodies and with the National Congress and reinforced the importance of the “multilateral dialogue”, mainly with the neighboring countries. “Dialogue is essential in responding to these urgencies.” However, he emphasized that it does not mean that Brazil will “adhere to any and all attempts at consensus that may emerge, at the United Nations or elsewhere”. “The well-worked multilateral consensus is also an expression of national sovereignty,” he added. “At Itamaraty, I learned that foreign policy is a public policy that, as such, must be at the service of Brazilians’ priorities”. The minister stated that his role as a diplomat will be that of a “bridge builder”.