Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Brasilia, Brazil April 16-17, 2012. On April 16, the Secretary led the U.S. delegation for the third U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue. She also met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, business leaders, and U.S. Embassy Brasilia staff and their families. In remarks with the Foreign Minister, Secretary Clinton said:
"...We have a long history together. In the 19th century when Brazil won its independence, the U.S. was the first country to recognize Brazil. And in the 20th century, when a U.S. Secretary of State made the first ever official visit to a foreign country, it was to Brazil -- Secretary Elihu Root, who came here in 1906. So we now -- Antonio and I -- decided that we have to have a 21st century partnership. It's time for us to be really looking at the opportunities and challenges we face and how we can do better together.
"A week ago, Antonio and I were together in Washington at a standing-room-only business meeting at the United States Chamber of Commerce. And earlier today, I was privileged to speak to a business group of Brazilian business leaders. We know that we're making progress in bilateral trade and investment, creating jobs for both of our peoples, but there's more to do. I will be sending an innovation delegation to Brazil later this year with some of our top entrepreneurs, educators, and tech leaders to meet with their Brazilian counterparts."
On April 17, Secretary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff co-chaired the First Annual High-Level Meeting of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Launched eight months ago by Presidents Obama and Rousseff, OGP formally welcomed 42 new countries into the Partnership and announced concrete commitments to prevent corruption, promote transparency, and harness new technologies to empower citizens. A quarter of the world's population -- 1.8 billion people -- will benefit from government pledges announced today in Brasilia.
In her opening remarks at the OGP meeting, Secretary Clinton said, "In the 21st century, the United States is convinced that one of the most significant divisions among nations will not be north/south, east/west, religious, or any other category so much as whether they are open or closed societies. We believe that countries with open governments, open economies, and open societies will increasingly flourish. They will become more prosperous, healthier, more secure, and more peaceful."
OGP has grown in the last eight months to become a global community of government reformers, civil society leaders, and business innovators, who together are advancing a new standard of good governance. Through concrete commitments announced via OGP action plans, over 50 governments are taking important steps towards greater transparency, accountability and participation that will ultimately improve the lives of people around the world. You can read more about the first high-level OGP meeting here and follow Secretary Clinton's travel here.