Monday, 05 Jun 2023

Brazil to host COP30 climate summit in the Amazon in 2025

Brazil to host COP30 climate summit in the Amazon in 2025

The United Nations has chosen Brazil to host the international climate meeting, COP30, in the Amazonian city of Belém do Pará in 2025, the country's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced on Friday.

"I've participated in COPs in Egypt, Paris, Copenhagen and all people talk about is the Amazon. So why not have the COP in the Amazon so [people] can get to know the Amazon, see its rivers, its forests, its fauna," Lula said in a video posted on Twitter.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Mauro Vieira, said the UN approved Brazil's bid to host COP30 on May 18 after Lula's request during last year's COP27 meeting in Egypt.

Belém do Pará is a northern Brazilian city located in the fringes of the Amazon forest. It's the capital city of the state of Pará located on the coast of the Amazon river estuary.

The governor of Pará, Helder Barbalho, said in the same video that it is a "great privilege for the whole country" to host the event, saying it "increases the responsibility" of Brazil's climate agenda regarding the rights of indigenous people and the environment.

Lula has promised to tackle Amazon deforestation and repair the damage to the Amazon caused by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, under whose presidency deforestation surged.

But Lula's government has come under fire for seemingly backtracking on its climate-related electoral promises in recent days. His administration helped Congress pass a draft law that strips the environment and indigenous people ministries of some powers, weakening their oversight of environmental protections and the demarcation of indigenous lands in the Amazon.

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