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07BRASILIA239 2007-02-12 16:05:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Brasilia
Cable title:  

BRAZIL GLOBE ACCORD CLEARANCE

Tags:   SENV KGLB TBIO KSCA OSCI BR 
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					  UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 BRASILIA 000239 

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/SCT FECHAVARIA AND LBLANCAS; WHA/BPOPP
STATE PLEASE PASS TO GLOBE OFFICE FOR TKENNEDY
STATE PLEASE PASS TO NASA FOR MMOORE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV KGLB TBIO KSCA OSCI BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL GLOBE ACCORD CLEARANCE

REF: BRASILIA 94



1. (U) This is an action request; please see paragraph



2. (U) On February 5, 2007, SCI officer spoke with Rachel Trajber,
Coordinator of Environmental Education for the Brazilian Ministry of
Education (MEC) and Brazil's future GLOBE country coordinator.
Trajber said that MEC would prefer to hold a GLOBE signing ceremony
(and related press event) as soon as possible in anticipation of the
country-wide GLOBE launch and teacher training seminar in April


2007. Trajber indicated that MEC would like for Ambassador Sobel to
sign the GLOBE agreement on behalf of the USG. NASA International
Programs Specialist, Michael Moore, also recently informed Post that
NASA would prefer that Ambassador Sobel sign the GLOBE accord.



3. (U) Post has received NASA clearance on the GLOBE agreement
language below. Post requests clearance on the same from OES and
for Ambassador Sobel to sign the GLOBE accord with Brazil on behalf
of the USG. The text of the GLOBE agreement for review and
clearance follows (a second version in Portuguese which was
translated at the Foreign Service Institute's Office of Language
Services has been sent to OES/SCT):

"Agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
of the United States of America and the Continued Education,
Literacy and Diversity Secretariat of the Ministry of Education of
the Federal Republic of Brazil for Cooperation in the GLOBE Program


The GLOBE Program is an international environmental science and
education program that brings students, teachers, and scientists
together to study the global environment. GLOBE has created an
international network of students at primary, middle and secondary
school levels studying environmental issues, making environmental
measurements, and sharing useful environmental data with one another
and the international science community.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the
United States of America, and the Continued Education, Literacy and
Diversity Secretariat of the Ministry of Education (SECAD/MEC) of
the Federal Republic of Brazil (hereinafter referred to as "the
Parties"):

Intending to increase the awareness of students throughout the world
about the global environment;

Seeking to contribute to increased scientific understanding of the
Earth; and

Desiring to support improved student achievement in science and
mathematics

Have agreed to cooperate in the Global Learning and Observations to
Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program as follows:

ARTICLE 1
RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

NASA will use reasonable efforts to carry out the following
responsibilities:



1. Coordinate U.S. Government participation in the GLOBE Program, on
behalf of relevant U.S. Government Agencies;



2. Identify U.S. schools that will participate in the GLOBE
Program;



3. Select, in consultation with international scientists and
educators, the GLOBE environmental measurements and define
specifications for measurement equipment;



4. Coordinate with the National Science Foundation (NSF) all
activities related to new and existing GLOBE environmental
measurements;



5. Develop, in consultation with international scientists and
educators, GLOBE educational materials;



6. Translate GLOBE instructional materials related to measurement
procedures and data reporting protocols into the six United Nations
languages, and provide a copy of these plus all broader GLOBE
educational materials to the Brazilian Party for further
reproduction as necessary;



7. Conduct regional training sessions for GLOBE Country Coordinators
and GLOBE teachers who will serve as trainers for additional GLOBE

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teachers in Brazil;



8. Design, develop, operate, and maintain GLOBE data processing
capabilities and other necessary technology and equipment;



9. Provide GLOBE software, as necessary, for use on Brazil's GLOBE
school computers (to the extent possible, textual material appearing
on computer screens will be accessible in the student's choice among
the six United Nations languages);



10. Accept environmental data reported from GLOBE schools around the
world, and develop and provide resultant global environmental images
to the Brazilian Party; and



11. Evaluate the overall GLOBE Program periodically, in consultation
with international GLOBE Country Coordinators, and modify the
overall program as appropriate.

SECAD/MEC will use reasonable efforts to carry out the following
responsibilities:



1. Identify schools in Brazil that will participate in the GLOBE
Program and provide an updated list of Brazil's GLOBE schools to the
U.S. Party at the beginning of each school year;



2. Ensure that Brazil's GLOBE schools conduct the fundamental
activities of GLOBE schools (take GLOBE environmental measurements,
report data, and receive and use resultant global environmental
images, using GLOBE educational materials under the guidance of
teachers trained to conduct the GLOBE Program);



3. Name a Brazilian Government Point of Contact responsible for
policy-level communications with the Director of the GLOBE Program;



4. Name a Country Coordinator responsible for day-to-day management,
oversight, and facilitation of the GLOBE Program in Brazil;



5. Ensure that the Country Coordinator and some GLOBE teachers
attend GLOBE regional training and in turn provide GLOBE training to
at least one teacher in each Brazil GLOBE school;



6. Ensure that GLOBE instructional materials related to measurement
procedures and data reporting protocols are utilized in Brazil's
GLOBE schools, and that broader GLOBE educational materials are
appropriately translated, adapted, reproduced, and distributed to
all Brazil's GLOBE schools;



7. Ensure that the measurement equipment used by GLOBE schools to
take GLOBE environmental measurements meets GLOBE specifications;



8. Ensure that teachers and students at Brazil's GLOBE schools
calibrate GLOBE measurement equipment according to procedures
provided in GLOBE instructional materials;



9. Ensure that Brazil's GLOBE schools have the necessary computer
and communications systems to allow Internet/World Wide Web access
in order to report GLOBE environmental measurements and to receive
and use GLOBE environmental images; if such computer and
communications systems are not available in Brazil's schools, make
agreed alternative arrangements for such reporting and receipt (at a
minimum, the Brazilian Country Coordinator will need access to the
Internet so that all measurement data from Brazil's GLOBE schools
will be reported via Internet); and



10. Evaluate GLOBE operations in Brazil periodically and assist the
U.S. Party in conducting periodic evaluation of the overall GLOBE
Program.

ARTICLE 2
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Parties will bear the costs of fulfilling their respective
responsibilities under this Agreement. Obligations of the Parties
pursuant to this Agreement are subject to their respective funding
procedures and the availability of appropriated funds.

The conduct of activities under this Agreement will be consistent
with the relevant laws and regulations of the United States and
Brazil.

ARTICLE 3
EXCHANGE OF DATA AND GOODS

GLOBE environmental measurement data, global environmental images,
software, and educational materials will be available worldwide to
the extent possible without restriction as to their use or

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redistribution.

ARTICLE 4
RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE GLOBE PROGRAM

The Parties may freely release information on the GLOBE Program as
deemed appropriate without prior consultation.

ARTICLE 5
CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION

In accordance with its laws and regulations, each party shall
facilitate free customs clearance and waiver of all applicable
customs duties and taxes for equipment and related goods necessary
for the implementation of this agreement. In the event that any
customs duties or taxes of any kind are nonetheless levied on such
equipment and related goods, such customs duties or taxes shall be
borne by the Party of the country levying such customs duties or
taxes. The Parties` obligation to ensure duty-free entry and exit of
equipment and related goods is fully reciprocal. Also, each of the
Parties shall facilitate the movement of persons necessary to comply
with this agreement into and out of its territory, subject to its
laws and regulations.

ARTICLE 6
INVENTION AND PATENT RIGHTS

Nothing in the agreement will be construed as granting or implying
any rights to, or interest in, patents or inventions of the Parties
or their contractors or subcontractors.

ARTICLE 7
CONSULTATIONS/SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES

The Parties will consult promptly with each other on all issues
involving interpretation or implementation of this agreement.

ARTICLE 8
LIABILITY

Neither Party will make any claim against the other, its employees,
a related entity of the other, or employees of the other's related
entities for injury to or death of its own employees or employees of
its related entities, or for damage of any kind to or loss of its
own property or that of its related entities arising out of
activities under this Agreement whether such injury death, damage or
loss arises through negligence or otherwise, except in the case of
willful misconduct.

ARTICLE 9
DURATION, TERMINATION AND AMENDMENT

This Agreement will enter into force upon the date of signature and
will remain in force for five years. It will be automatically
extended for further five-year periods. This Agreement may be
terminated at any time by either of the Parties upon at least three
months written notice to the other of intent to terminate. This
Agreement may be amended at any time by written agreement of the
Parties.

This Agreement, in two copies, is done in the English and Portuguese
languages, both texts being equally authentic.



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For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA



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For the Continued Education, Literacy and Diversity Secretary of the
Ministry of Education



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Date Date"

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