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The Belém Statement


On the 13th of July 2017 the European Union, Brazil and South Africa signed the Belém Statement, an agreement for research and innovation in the Atlantic Ocean. The statement was signed in Lisbon's historic Belém Tower by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, during the New Era of Blue Enlightenment Conference. A video of the signing of the Belém Statement can be viewed here or in the Video Gallery.

The South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and the Southern Oceans developed by South Africa's Department of Science and Technology and Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications was also launched during A New Era of Blue Enlightenment. The Plan can be viewed here.

A report on the New Era of Blue Enlightenment Conference can be read here.