Bolsonaro ministry balks on hosting climate talks
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.