The last week saw a number of interesting articles discussing Brazil´s place as the B among the BRIC countries. Here are two:
1.) “In an unusually pleasant slowdown, the unemployment rate is still at a record low, wages have risen, and more than 1 million jobs have been created this year.“
Brazil’s economic slowdown so far leaves many unscathed - latimes.com
2. “Maybe we just focus on the RIC countries. While we’re at it, Russia and India may not be so significant either.“
Brazil´s Influence is Nominal, at Best
BONUS- Brazilian President, Dilma discusses the Brazilian tax system.
3.“It’s unacceptable that Brazil, which has one of the most solid and lucrative financial systems, continues having one of the highest interest rates in the world.“
Rousseff Takes on the Infamous “ Brazil Coast“
“We support holding the 5th UN World Conference on Women and call upon our own UN ambassador and those of member states in the General Assembly to pass the 5WCW resolution needed to hold it in 2015. We want 5WCW to address new and emerging issues affecting women and girls since the Beijing Conference in 1995, to build upon and not re-open previous UN documents.”
Pacific Civil Society Organisations have released an urgent appeal to member states attending the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.
‘The Future We Demand’ is signed by local, national and regional organisations and networks and allies, including Pacific Network on Globalisation, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Pacific Conference of Churches, and DAWN.
The statement calls for strong political leadership, and urgent action toward real and transformative solutions. The statement reaffirms the Rio Principles and Agenda 21, and highlights the fragility and resilience of Pacific island states, and a strong call for results at Rio:
"The future that the peoples of the Pacific demand in solidarity with others around the world, is one of social justice and human rights for all, and a recognition of the need to balance the three pillars of sustainable development– environmental, social and economic sustainability."