Since 1992, the Brazilian authorities have been committed to support their country’s development through a model of primary cooperation with the United Nations System.
From the 1980s on, and throughout the 1990s, Brazil fostered a model of National Execution (NEX). This model led to the United Nation’s receiving a considerable volume of government funds to guarantee the implementation of cooperation programmes. The implementation of the programmes were in close collaboration with Ministries and Secretariats involved in their respective actions.
This modality of cooperation, which brings together national funds and international competence, reflects some of the political and institutional priorities of a country in outright expansion. But it also illustrates the trust being placed in the United Nations System’s values, effectiveness and professionalism.
The current international cooperation model advocated by Brazil is very much focused on projects that can provide quality assistance to government partners in the areas of expertise and capacity-building, adding value to national programmes. The programmes are in accordance with the specific mandate of each UN agency.
UNESCO has committed itself to supporting the efforts of the Brazilian authorities (federal, state and municipal). In this context, the Organization institutes cooperation that is strategic and focused, in consonance with its own specific mandates and with the challenges presently being faced by Brazil.
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