Political Consensus Building: The Brasilia International Conference on the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jan 2003
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank reiterated their support for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to establish the basis for a renewed political consensus focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On November 16 and 17, 2003 in the City of Brasilia, the four multilateral agencies joined the government of Brazil in sponsoring an international conference bringing together high-level representatives of governments, parliaments and civil society organizations in the region, and the international community. This publication presents the main conclusions of that meeting, which are expressed in the Brasilia Declaration, a proposal for implementing the MDGs in the region. It also includes the statements made by each of the four heads of state who attended the event, extracts of presentations by high-level representatives of the international institutions that organized the event, and a summary report highlighting the main issues raised during the conference.