Lula and Biden improve the tone of their relationship with the launch of a "global initiative" for the workers

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Distanced on major issues of world politics, the presidents Joe Biden and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva They found this Wednesday in New York a common point: an aggressive proposal that they present as a “global initiative” to adapt the world of work to the challenges of the 21st century.

“In the face of complex global challengesFrom climate change to rising poverty levels and economic inequality, we must put workers at the center of our policy solutions. Must support workers and empower them to drive the innovation we urgently need to secure our future,” said both presidents in a joint statement released before the bilateral meeting within the framework of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

“Today, the United States and Brazil announce the launch of our global initiative together to elevate the central and critical role that workers play in a sustainable, democratic, equitable and peaceful world. We already share an understanding and commitment to addressing critical issues of economic inequalitysafeguard the workers’ rightscope with discrimination in all its forms and ensure a just transition to clean energy.

The Brazilian president jumped into politics from unionism in the metallurgical industry, and the American was always very close to the North American workers’ centers. Biden and Lula will take this initiative to the G-7 and the G-20, the latter group that Brazil will chair as of January 1. That the White House and the Planalto Palace find common ground and work together is quite a fact in the context of a relationship that had become strained.

The United States government was key to confirming the Lula’s triumph in the ballot on October 30, 2022, when Jair Bolsonaro gave signs that I wouldn’t admit defeat. Along with France and other countries, he made Lula president-elect even before his victory was confirmed. That is partly why Lula’s combative stance toward the United States and Europe in these first months of his third term was viewed with surprise and disappointment in American political circles.

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