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Lula wants to launch Brazil as a leader against climate change and demand rich countries at COP28

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva intends to consolidate Brazil’s position as one of the great leaders against climate change during COP28, which began this Thursday (30) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The government’s intention is to present a series of innovative proposals in relation to environmental protection, at the same time as it will publicize the country’s recent advances in the area to an external audience.

One of Lula’s main ideas is to launch a new financing formula for the maintenance of tropical forests, which would be based on the needs of the countries that own them.

In order for the proposal to gain more weight, the Brazilian government has been working in parallel to create an alliance of around 80 nations that have this type of forests.

The details of the proposal are not yet completely known, but the government says it would not be something along the lines of the Amazon Fund, which receives voluntary contributions from developed countries to protect the forest.

One option would be an agreement in which the largest historical emitters of greenhouse gases would create a fund for the maintenance of forests, administered by the alliance of forestry countries and following their priorities for actions to protect and economic development of these areas – and not those of the donors. The ultimate goal would be to find ways to demonstrate that forests are worth much more standing than if they are destroyed.

Another priority for the president will be to present to the world the results obtained in relation to the environment since the beginning of his government.

Lula and his Environment Minister, Marina Silva, will highlight the drop in deforestation in the Amazon and initiatives under discussion in Congress such as the Climate Fund and regulation of the carbon market.

Lula will not miss any opportunity to affirm that Brazil is doing its part in the fight against climate change.

With this, he will pave the way to say that the country now occupies a position that allows it to demand more responsibility and help from rich countries to the developing world in the sector.

He will insist on the need for the richest countries, which have historically contributed most to the emission of greenhouse gases, to buy into their promises to help the world mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

One of these promises, never fulfilled, is to allocate at least USD 100 billion per year to help the poorest countries combat climate change.

Source: CNN Brasil

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