Social progress achieved by Brazil over the past years has been internationally recognized and called the attention of other countries to Brazilian public policies. Brazil is perceived as being able of leading a creative and innovative agenda on social issues internationally. Cooperation in social technologies is a subject of interest to our partners, especially in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Besides expressing and projecting our values internationally, international commitments and partnerships contribute to enhance domestic public policies in this area, providing concrete improvements to people's lives.
In the United Nations system, the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates health-related issues. Among WHO's several attributions are: leading the debates on themes such as global health, non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS; promoting research on health; establishing rules and standards; providing technical support to States; and acting on the prevention, assessment, monitoring and combat to pandemics. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, simultaneously integrating the OAS and UN systems.
Created in 1919, the International Labor Organization (ILO) plays a central role on the setting and implementation of international standards in this field. The “decent work” concept, created in 1999, summarizes the mission of promoting opportunities so that all can experience productive and quality work – an essential condition to overcome poverty, reduce social inequalities, ensure democratic governability and promote sustainable development.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the UN agency responsible for promoting development and working to eliminate poverty in the world. Among other tasks, the responsibility to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) falls under the UNDP.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), created in 1969, is the main UN body in the field of population and development. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo, in 1994, adopted d the “Cairo Programme of Action”, which became the cornerstone of UNFPA work.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the body responsible for the coordination of activities related to human settlements, and for technical cooperation with Member Estates in this area.
The Brazilian government follows and contributes to the work of all these organizations through our delegations abroad and through specialized bodies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the objective of cooperating with them and ensuring the best use of the funds assigned to them.