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Brazil's President Lula Given World Economic Forum Global Statesmanship Award

(PresseBox) (Davos-Klosters Switzerland, ) .
- Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim accepts first Forum Global Statesmanship Award on behalf of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
- Lula da Silva calls for decisive leadership on issues such as climate change and efforts to address the fundamental causes of the economic crisis
- For all information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.weforum.org/annualmeeting

On behalf of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim accepted the first Global Statesmanship Award at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010. "This award increases my responsibility as a leader, and my country's responsibility as an increasingly present and active player on the global scene," Lula da Silva said in a prepared text read by Minister Amorim.

The address offered an overview of the accomplishments of the Lula da Silva administration since his first appearance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos seven years ago. He noted that "Thirtyone million Brazilians have joined the middle class and 20 million have been lifted out of absolute poverty" in that period. "I would like to stress that the best policy for development is the fight against poverty," he said. "It is also one of the best recipes for peace. And we found out, last year, that it is also a powerful shield against crises."

He added: "This lesson learned by Brazil is applicable to any part of the world, be it rich or poor." The recipe would focus on "broadening opportunities, increasing productivity, expanding markets and strengthening the economy," he said. "It means changing mentalities and relationships. It means creating factories of jobs and citizenship."

On the global stage, Lula da Silva called for decisive leadership from his fellow heads of state on issues such as climate change and efforts to address the fundamental causes of the economic crisis. "We were elected to govern and we have to govern," he pointed out. "But we have to govern with creativity and justice. And we have to do this now, before it is too late."

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