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At the UN, minister defends sustainable tourism in Brazil for secretary general

The Brazilian government wants tourism to be one of the pillars for preserving the country's environment. This was the main message that the Minister of Tourism, Celso Sabino, conveyed to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, during a meeting at the organization's headquarters in New York this Monday.

“We understand that tourism and the exploration of ecotourism in a sustainable way is one of the best ways to preserve the forest”, said Sabino in an interview with CNN .

“This is what we are defending in all international organizations; If the world wants to see the forest standing, wants the lungs of the world functioning, then we need to find ways to improve the lives of the people who live there.”

The UN Secretary-General for Tourism, Zurab Pololikashvili, also participated in the meeting with Guterres and Sabino. According to him, the organization's perception is that Brazil is working to change the narrative outside the country. “Brazil is a very active member of our organization and is doing great work to transform tourism in the country,” he declared.

The meeting takes place on the margins of the UN General Assembly's Sustainability Week, with meetings dedicated to discussing the implementation of the organization's sustainable development agenda.

The Brazilian government has also invested in international events to highlight COP30, the UN climate conference that will take place in Pará in 2025. At the beginning of May, the state governor, Helder Barbalho, and the first lady, Janja, will come to New York to participate in another conference that deals with the environment, on the Global Citizen platform.

Source: CNN Brasil

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