Bol­sonaro min­istry balks on host­ing cli­mate talks

1 BRAZIL

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Brazil has aban­doned plans to host cru­cial UN cli­mate talks in 2019 amid grow­ing signs of the anti-in­ter­na­tion­al­ism of the new gov­ern­ment be­ing formed by pres­i­dent-elect Jair Bol­sonaro.

The for­eign min­istry an­nounced the shift in a mes­sage to Pa­trí­cia Es­pinosa, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the UN Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, ac­cord­ing to the O Globo news web­site.

Two months af­ter win­ning the bid to host the COP25 con­fer­ence in 2019, the note said Brazil would with­draw its of­fer to stage the event due to the tran­si­tion in gov­ern­ment and bud­get re­stric­tions, the pa­per said.

The de­ci­sion is a blow to global ef­forts to pre­vent dan­ger­ous lev­els of global warm­ing. Brazil, which is home to the world’s big­gest rain­for­est, the Ama­zon, has been an im­por­tant player in in­ter­na­tional cli­mate talks.

The bro­ken prom­ise is in line with the anti-glob­al­ist rhetoric of far-right former army cap­tain Bol­sonaro, who will take power in Jan­uary. He threat­ened to quit the Paris cli­mate agree­ment, then back­tracked, but has made no se­cret of his de­sire to open up the Ama­zon to min­ing and farm­ing.

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