Brazilian Foreign Minister visits King's
Posted on 06/02/2013
Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota spoke at King’s Brazil Institute today as part of a visit to enhance bilateral relations between the UK and Brazil.
Minister Patriota was joined by His Excellency Roberto Jaguaribe, Brazilian Ambassador to the UK, and welcomed by Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President of King’s College London. He gave a lecture on Brazilian foreign policy to students and invited guests followed by a Q&A session hosted by Professor Anthony Pereira, Director of King’s Brazil Institute.
(l-r) Professor Anthony Pereira, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, His Excellency Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Professor Keith Hoggart, His Excellency Roberto Jaguaribe
The visit comes as King’s College London expands its cooperation with Brazilian partners through the work of the King's Brazil Institute, research communities and increased student exchange programmes.
‘Much has been said in recent years about the growing importance of Brazil in global governance. However, there is still not enough awareness outside Brazil of the country’s distinguished diplomatic history – with Antonio Patriota one of the architects of Brazil’s contemporary foreign policy,’ said the Principal. ‘We are greatly honoured by his Excellency’s visit today. Brazil is very important to King’s, as the existence of our Brazil Institute, led by Professor Anthony Pereira, indicates.’
Minister Patriota then spoke about the domestic and international challenges currently facing Brazil as the country looks to play more of an active leadership role in Latin America, the Caribbean and wider world. He highlighted recent progress made in areas of sustainable development and environmental awareness following the Rio+20 conference. He also spoke about Brazil’s expanded diplomatic outreach and efforts to build relationships with both emerging and established powers.
Commenting on the King’s Brazil Institute, he said: ‘I am very grateful to be here today at King’s. The Brazil Institute is growing, gaining recognition and deepening its studies, which I am very pleased to see.’
After his lecture, Minister Patriota answered questions from the audience on the challenges for Brazil on issues relating to sustainable development, energy security, climate change, and Brazil’s position towards other emerging ‘BRIC’ economies such as Russia, India and China.
On Monday Foreign Minister Patriota held a joint press conference with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague MP to outline a ‘renewed strategic dialogue between the UK and Brazil’ in order to intensify the bilateral relationship, work together with shared values and enhance mutual respect.
King’s Brazil Institute, established in 2008, was founded as a core part of the College’s international strategy to strengthen links with Brazil and provide a focal point for Brazil-related activities across a range of academic disciplines. King’s now has 85 students from Brazil and the academic faculty at the Institute has been boosted by the arrival of Professor Matias Spektor as the inaugural Rio Branco Chair in International Relations in January 2013.
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