India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum, Sixth Trilateral Commission Meeting, Brasilia Ministerial Communiqué, 1 September 2009

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Regional cooperation and integration, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Humanitarian assistance
Organisation : Other
Date made: 
2009
Level: 
Ministerial
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Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“The Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, H.E. Mr. S. M. Krishna, the Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E. Ambassador Celso Amorim, and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, met in Brasilia on 31 August and 1 September 2009 for the VI IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission....

...3. The Ministers affirmed that IBSA, as a Forum of developing country democracies from three different continents, has become an important mechanism for strengthening coordination on international and regional issues, fostering South- South cooperation to amplify the collective voice of the South and deepening mutually beneficial trilateral cooperation, based on common experiences, complementarities and resources. Such cooperation is not confined to governments but includes business communities, civil society, and other people-to people contacts. They reaffirmed the three countries commitment to further strengthening the role of IBSA.”
 

Scope: 
International

“4. The Ministers emphasized the broad array of issues in which the three countries hold common positions. They stressed that a more democratic and just world order, in which the United Nations (UN) plays a pre-eminent role, must be built through political and diplomatic efforts. In this regard, they underscored the common objective of making international institutions more democratic, representative, legitimate and effective. Recalling their commitment to multilateralism, taking note of the relevant agreements and resolutions concerning the issues mentioned hereunder and lending support to regional organisations where appropriate, the Ministers agreed to the following:

5. Reaffirm their commitment to multilateralism and to increase participation of developing countries in the decision-making bodies of multilateral institutions. Also reiterate the need for the UN to be reformed so as to become more democratic and coherent with the priorities of developing countries. Support a reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC) that includes the creation of new permanent and non-permanent seats, with increased participation of developing countries in both categories. Such reform is of the utmost importance for the UNSC to have the representativeness and legitimacy it needs to face contemporary challenges. Commit to closely coordinate with each other and the broader UN membership to achieve substantial progress in the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform presently underway in New York.”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance

“...the Ministers agreed to the following:...

...8. Welcome the work that is being done by the G-20, in particular the commitments agreed upon at the London Summit held in April 2009, and look forward to their speedy implementation. In this regard, stress the need to complete the expansion of IMF resources and to accelerate quota, representation and voting right reforms at the Bretton Woods Institutions, reflecting current realities.”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“...the Ministers agreed to the following:...

...12. Greet with satisfaction the entry into force of the Preferential Trade Agreement between MERCOSUR and India, as well as the conclusion of the Preferential Trade Agreement between MERCOSUR and SACU. Look forward to negotiations in order to broaden and deepen these two agreements. Also welcome the ongoing India-SACU trade negotiations. Underscore that these three negotiations form the basis for progress towards the envisaged India-MERCOSURSACU Trilateral Trade Arrangement and agreed to grant continued support to this initiative at the highest political level. Recalling the technical trilateral meetings that took place in Pretoria in October 2007 and in Buenos Aires in April 2008, reaffirm the commitment of Brazil, India and South Africa to the scheduling of the 1st MERCOSUR-SACU-India trilateral ministerial meeting at the earliest convenience of all participants. Emphasize that growing trade cooperation between India, MERCOSUR and SACU will contribute to enhance relations among three important regions in the developing world.”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance - Humanitarian assistance

“...the Ministers agreed to the following:...

...33. Recommend the sharing of best practices in humanitarian assistance amongst their countries. In this regard, recognize the role played by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Concerned that the current global financial and economic crisis is impacting negatively on the ability of developing countries to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies, call on the international community to take measures to ensure adequate resources for international cooperation in the provision of humanitarian assistance.”
 

Scope: 
International