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Brazil's achievements in significantly reducing poverty will be featured in during the UN general assembly

September 20, 2011

Brazil's progress towards eradicating extreme hunger and poverty will be highlighted in New York by the U.S. and the British development agencies.

On September 21, Brazil's success in lifting more than 12 million people out of poverty between 2003 and 2008 will be highlighted along with other countries that have made progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at an event sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

"MDG Countdown – Celebrating Successes and Innovations" will be held in New York on September 21 during the UN General Assembly, and will highlight successful experiences of different countries in each one of the eight MDGs.

All 191 countries that make up the UN assumed in 2000 the commitment to achieve the MDGs and reduce significantly the major global problems by 2015. MDG 1, in which Brazil stands out, is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and halve extreme poverty in the world. Brazil is on track to exceed the target of halving the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

Other countries will have their experiences highlighted during the event: Gambia, Zambia, Peru, Ethiopia, Nepal and Vietnam – plus the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership focused on increasing access to vaccines. DFID and USAID intend to encourage the replication of these countries’ successful programs in other parts of the world to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs.

In addition to the USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, and the Minister of International Development of the United Kingdom, Andrew Mitchell, presidents of the honored countries were invited, including President Dilma Rousseff.

Due to Brazil's achievements in the area of ​​poverty reduction and food security, Brazilian methodologies have served as example for other developing countries facing similar problems. For this reason, the country is currently an important partner for DFID and USAID programs to promote development around the world.

In partnership with USAID, the Brazilian government, through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), is running project to strengthen agriculture and promote food security in Mozambique. With DFID, Brazil is helping countries like Kenya to improve their own conditional cash transfer programs from the experience of the Bolsa Familia and Fome Zero. Brazil is also sharing its expertise in monitoring programs of deforestation in the Congo Basin.

Brazil has currently 12.8 million families benefiting from the Bolsa Familia program. Between 2003 and 2008, the country lifted 12.2 million people out of poverty. Since 2006, the malnutrition rate among children under five in rural areas fell from 7.5% to 6%.


MDG Countdown – Celebrating Successes and Innovations

September 21, 2011, 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Millennium Plaza Hotel, Diplomat Ballroom

One United Nations Plaza, 44th Street Between First and Second Ave, New York, NY

More information:

British Embassy in Brazil
Juliana Nogueira
(61) 3329 2320
juliana.nogueira @

USAID Brazil
Isadora Ferreira
(61) 3321 7259

About USAID/Brazil

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting global health, economic growth, agriculture and trade, democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance. In Brazil, USAID supports Brazilian efforts towards sustainable socio and economic development, while strengthening the partnership between the United States and Brazil.

About DFID

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is the government agency that manages Britain's humanitarian aid for the country and works to end extreme poverty. DFID has offices in some 40 developing countries and provides assistance to 90 countries. Our partners are the governments of developing countries, charities and NGOs, private sector and international organizations, including the World Bank, UN agencies and the European Commission. Our budget is £ 7.8 billion (about $ 21.4 billion) this fiscal year. By 2013, the British government will achieve the goal of devoting 0.7% of their GDP to development assistance.