- Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received a warm welcome at the COP-27 summit in Egypt on Wednesday, where he pledged to recommit the rainforest nation to tackling the climate crisis and offered to hold future U.N. climate talks.
- “I am here to say to all of you here that Brazil is back in the world,” he said, speaking at an event alongside governors of Brazilian Amazon states.
- A leftist who won his third term in office last month, Mr. Lula said he would seek to make Brazil the host of COP-30 in 2025 and would aim to put the venue in the Amazon rainforest, rather than the more populous coastal region.
- The country had been set to host the annual U.N. summit in 2019, until Mr. Lula’s predecessor — right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro — refused to go ahead with it.
- “It’s important for it to be in the Amazon. It’s important for the people who defend the Amazon, the people who defend the climate, to closely get to know what the region is,” said Mr. Lula, who is due to take office in January.
- Brazil’s 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro set the stage for all major international environmental agreements since, with the signing of U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is aimed at preventing extreme climate change and was the foundation of the COP meetings.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB