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The United States and Brazil marked 15 years of science and technology cooperation at a U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation on November 20. Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy led the U.S. delegation, which included high-ranking representatives from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies and research institutions. Minister Sergio Rezende of the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology headed the Brazilian delegation.
Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State made welcoming remarks at the opening session. Dr. John Holdren described the Obama Administration's strategy for American innovations and presented the United States Government's newly invigorated outlook for scientific and technological cooperation. Minister Rezende provided an overview of Brazil's expanding science and technology initiatives as well as direction for future U.S.-Brazil collaboration.
The U.S. and Brazilian delegations discussed a range of ongoing bilateral cooperation and joint research endeavors relating to space and earth observation, climate change, agriculture, biofuels, emerging green energy technologies, and public health. Delegates agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to increase university-to-university student and faculty exchanges to promote science and technology innovation as an engine of economic development. Delegates also explored further collaboration in agricultural research between USAID, the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation, and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation [EMBRAPA] to benefit Mozambique and other developing countries.
The governments of the United States and Brazil signed 2 cooperative memoranda during the one-day Joint Commission Meeting. Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Dr. Joao Alziro Herz da Jornada from the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade signed a memorandum furthering technical cooperation in chemical, physical and engineering measurement sciences.
Dr. Richard Wyatt, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center, and Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimares, President of the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education Foundation, presided at the memorandum signing ceremony on post-doctoral training and professional development in the health sciences.
The United States is proud to work with its partner Brazil in advancing science and technology to benefit all peoples in the Western Hemisphere and around the world.