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Providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations

Following the setting-up of a three-year programme to enhance the capacity of countries to respond to social and natural disasters, the Minister of External Relations of Brazil and the ILO Director-General have signed a “Joint Declaration on Humanitarian Assistance”.

Brazil and the ILO will consider ways to provide humanitarian assistance to populations in countries at risk and to encourage prevention, rehabilitation and recovery by strengthening institutions and promoting tools for sustainable development.

The declaration will pave the way for the establishment of new partnerships with the ITC-ILO, the ILO Programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

“We are grateful to Brazil for this new demonstration of support for a job-intensive post-crisis recovery, based on the promotion of the four strategic objectives of our Organization,” said Juan Somavía.

Minister Amorim stressed that the promotion of peace through social justice had been a cornerstone of ILO since its creation. “Economic development with social inclusion – not modern weapons or security forces – is the most effective way to mitigate the effects of social and natural disasters,” said the Brazilian Minister.

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