Charter of Belem for social protection in the Amazon
In order to register the values and wishes expressed in the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection, we propose that, at the end of the event, participant sign the BELÉM CHART FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION IN THE AMAZON.
We hope that the document can support governments and society in the discussion of social protection policies applied to this territory.
This letter will not be signed by the institutions represented in the Seminar, but individually by the participants who wish so.
The document below is available for contributions until March 20, 2017. Suggestions can be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We, citizens of Amazonian countries and participants of the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection, held in Belem, Brazil, from March 27 to 31, 2017:
1. Recognize challenges of the social development of the Amazon and the need of governments of the region at all levels and the civil society to make even more efforts to promote social justice, equality, social protection and sustainable use of the region's natural resources.
2. Recall that, rather than challenges to the provision of public policies, the Amazonian factor has the potential to support and strengthen social protection at the family, community and political levels.
3. Recall that the right to social protection is inherent to any human being and therefore does not depend on nationality, race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age and culture.
4. Recommend that the formulation and implementation of social policies for the Amazon at all governmental levels always involve the participation of traditional peoples and communities in the region, institutionally organized or not, in order to respect not only the right to social participation, but above all the different forms of organization of the social and community life, modes of production, knowledge, practices and local potentialities.
5. Emphasize the need to promote the access of all peoples and communities of the Amazon to social policies, programs, benefits, services and rights, especially those located in isolated areas or difficult to reach, and therefore recommend the investment in mobile teams, innovation in social technologies and the expansion of the communication infrastructure.
6. Recommend that governments of the Amazon region, at all levels, coordinate resources and integrate social policies in order to improve the identification of the region's most vulnerable groups and overcome gaps in the provision of social protection.
7. Emphasize the importance of investing in continuous training of workers and managers of social protection policies in the Amazonian territory, with special attention to the peculiarities of the region.
8. Urge governments of the Amazon Region to increase their efforts to mitigate transnational crimes, which generate social vulnerability and risk to their population, such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, smuggling and arms trafficking.
9. Recommend that countries of the Amazonian Region establish and deepen channels for cooperation and dialogue on social protection issues and establish protocols for the provision of social protection in the border regions.
10. Recommend that governments of the countries of the region and international organizations join efforts to produce data on the social reality of the continental Amazon.
11. Encourage universities and research centers to invest in the production of data and knowledge on social protection and sustainability in the Amazon.
12. Recommend the holding of new editions of the Pan-Amazonian Seminar on Social Protection in alternate countries, aiming greater diffusion of ideas and greater involvement of actors.