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The Helsinki Conference

In 2002, the governments of Finland and Tanzania set up the Helsinki Process of Globalization and Democracy, which was aimed at boosting North-South dialogue by means of an agenda that gave priority, within the scenario of globalization, to greater inclusion and equality. Its purpose was also to formulate recommendations for the reform of international organizations such as the UN and the institutions of the Bretton Woods system. The originality of the proposal was to rethink the issue of the international agenda through the interaction between governments, civil society, the academic world and private sector companies. Three years later, in September of 2005, the partners from seventy countries who had adhered to the proposal met again at the Conference of Helsinki and decided that the work would continue for another two years.

Alongside countries like South Africa, Algeria, Canada, Egypt, Spain, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom, Brazil is a member of the Group of Friends of the Helsinki Process, which translates into a joint task with the governments of Finland and Tanzania to delve in greater depth into the issues that were established in 2002. These include: the fight against corruption, global governance, violence against women, the fight against the human traffic, promotion of IT and communications technologies, prohibition of the trade in small arms, water and sanitation, and migration.

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