Brazil is the only Latin American country with which Germany has enjoyed a strategic partnership since 2008. This strategic partnership is principally concerned with further expanding cooperation on bilateral and multilateral issues.
Cooperation between the two countries is wide-ranging, covering areas such as energy, the environment, climate, science and research, business and trade, defence, labour and social affairs, as well as cooperation in the United Nations and on human rights. With funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative, Germany and Brazil are working together in particular to protect the tropical forests and promote renewable energies and energy efficiency. Both countries attach particular importance to scientific, technological and cultural exchange. The large number of Germans emigrating to Brazil throughout history has had a positive impact on cooperation.
Brazil and Germany work together on numerous issues on the international agenda, in particular the reform of the United Nations, including the enlargement of the Security Council to include new permanent and non‑permanent members, and the reform of the global financial system. Cooperation also encompasses international climate protection and environmental policy, the G20 and the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Further topics of bilateral cooperation are in the area of urbanisation and cyber policy.
Brazil is Germany’s most important trading partner in Latin America. Bilateral trade in both directions gained impetus in the past two decades, with a temporary decline due to the economic and financial crisis.