The Belém All-Atlantic Research Forum took place in Salvador (Brazil) from the 23-24th of July 2018. The objective of this meeting was to advance in the implementation of the “Belém Statement”, continuing the progress made since its signing in July 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal, and strengthening the successful partnership with the European Commission (DG- RTD) and the Department of Science and Technology of Brazil and South Africa.
The Forum was officially opened on July 23rd by the local authorities and the main representatives from EU John Bell, the European Commission DG RTD Director of Bioeconomy, Thomas Auf der Heyde, Department of Science and Technology of South Africa and Andrei Polejack Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications of Brazil and focussed on four main sessions:
- Demonstrating the scope of the Belém Partnership
- Demonstrating the socioeconomic and political need for the Belém Partnership
- Building the Belém Partnership including the interventions, priorities and needs
- Supporting the Belém Partnership through dialogue with funders, marine institutes and networks
On July 22nd, two more informal meetings took place: The South-South dialogue organized by Brazil and South Africa to extend the cooperation to other countries of the South Atlantic. To be noted the official participation of the delegation of the Ministers of Science and Technology from Argentina and Uruguay; In parallel, the European groups gathered together to discuss the status of the implementation of the Belém Statement and its way forward.