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Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217
January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce a new Brazil-United States Dialogue on Sustainability and Climate Change in partnership with the Concertação Pela Amazônia, a network of Brazilian individuals, civil society organizations, and companies dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the Amazon region.

The issue of the environment and climate change is at the forefront of the global agenda, and Brazil and the United States—the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, both agricultural and energy powerhouses—remain critical actors in this debate.

In recognition of the value of sustained society-to-society dialogue between Brazil and the United States on these issues, the Wilson Center and the Concertação have formed a bilateral working group composed of stakeholders interested making a difference through collaboration on innovative and forward-looking solutions.

The objective is to create a neutral, trusted space that brings together communities of practice across sectors, so that environmental experts, policy leaders, civil society representatives, scientists, and the business community can engage in constructive dialogue and identify actions and policy options to enhance environmental preservation and sustainability.

“Climate and sustainability are of domestic and international importance for Brazil, and this initiative provides a platform for important groups within Brazilian society to engage in dialogue with their U.S. counterparts,” says Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Co-Chair of the Brazil Institute Advisory Council.

Specific topics to be addressed by the working group include: the economic impact of biodiversity and forest conversation; developments in sustainable agriculture; renewable energy; green finance; multilateral and international cooperation; and the potential of Brazil-U.S. trade.

The Working Group will meet quarterly, with roundtable discussions among forty to fifty specialists. The Working Group will be led by a board of high-level members of Concertação pela Amazônia and their U.S. counterparts; these leaders will also meet at regular intervals to manage and coordinate the agenda.

Within the Wilson Center, this initiative is being led by the Brazil Institute, with the support of its Latin American Program and Environmental Change and Security Program.

For more information about the initiative, contact Anya Prusa (

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Wilson Center was chartered by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. Through the work of its staff and fellows, it connects deep scholarship to urgent policy questions.
  2. The Concertação Pela Amazônia (partnership for the Amazon) is a coalition of more than 200 civil society and private sector leaders with the goal of fostering plural, democratic debate aimed at the promotion of long-term sustainable development in the Amazon Basin.

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The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors.  Read more

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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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