In Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, the Minister of the Environment, Marina Silva (Rede) met, this Tuesday (17), with the son of billionaire and Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, Alexander Soros, and Open Society Foundations President Mark Malloch-Brown.
In a post on Twitter, Alexander said he had an “excellent discussion” with the Brazilian minister about the Amazon Fund – a Brazilian government mechanism that raises funds for conservation projects and sustainable use of the Legal Amazon.
“Supporting the development of forest areas in the Amazon will benefit those who live there and is crucial to the future of our planet,” added Soros, who chairs the Open Society Board of Directors.
Great discussion about #FundoAmazônia with Brazilian environment minister Marina Silva (@MarinaSilva). Supporting standing forest development in the Amazon will benefit those who live there, and is crucial for the future of our planet. 🇧🇷@Davos@wef pic.twitter.com/tg2jvFXHLN
— Alexander Soros, PhD (@AlexanderSoros) January 16, 2023
Mark Malloch-Brown wrote on his social networks that the meeting with Marina Silva dealt with “a forest, a river and a very distant people: the Amazon”.
“Nice to meet Marina Silva, proof of Brazil’s renewed global leadership on climate,” he added.
THE CNN contacted the minister’s advisory to comment on the meeting, and is awaiting a response.
Haddad also had a meeting
This Tuesday (17), the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad (PT), said that he also met with a representative of the Open Society.
“I had [reunião] with the Open Society as well. There is an agenda of a different nature, it is focused on the environmental issue and on the democratic issue”, said the minister.
He explained that these “prospective” meetings are part of the agenda dynamics of the World Economic Forum: “They are short meetings where you prospect the possibility of partnership.”
“About 30, 40 minutes each, but with the aim of gathering information on how Brazil can be positioned to attract investors and resume growth,” added Haddad.
What is the Open Society?
The Open Society Foundation is an international billion-dollar philanthropy network founded by George Soros in 1993.
It calls itself “the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance and human rights”.
On issues related to the environment, the Open Society claims that it works “with civil society partners and governments to ensure that social, economic and environmental justice serves as the basis for any political response to the climate crisis”.
According to the latest available data, which are for 2020, the Soros organization has an annual budget of $1.356 billion.
In Latin America alone, US$ 38.2 million were allocated in 2020.
“In Latin America and the Caribbean, the work of the Open Society Foundations spans drug policy reform and violence reduction, promoting government transparency and press freedom, and expanding women’s participation in politics,” states the Open Society.
* Posted by Léo Lopes, produced by Letícia Brito and Priscila Yazbek, from CNN
Source: CNN Brasil
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