Brazil backtracks on Climate Week

Brazil’s ministry of environment said it will now host the UN’s Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week in Salvador in August.


The ministry of environment said it had changed its mind about cancelling the event after talks with the mayor of Salvador Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto, according to a statement published on Sunday.

Neto is also the president of DEM, a right-wing party aligned with the government which controls important ministries, such as agriculture, and the presidency of the congress’ lower chamber.

Last week, the minister of environment Ricardo Salles said the climate week event would be cancelled, complaining that attendees would waste the time and resources on tourism.

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The mayor used social media to criticise the decision and offered to host the summit, which will gather diplomats from across the continent, without federal support.

Magalhães Neto tweeted: “As a mayor, I’m very happy to help bring another big event to our city. Salvador is ready to welcome UN officials, researchers and other participants.”

The Salles’ ministry also said it would participate, together with the ministry of foreign affairs, in all events leading up to the UN’s COP26 climate meeting, which will be held in Chile later this year after Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro withdrew its offer to host it.

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Fabiano Maisonnave is Climate Home News' Latin America correspondent. He lives in Manaus and is the Amazon correspondent for Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. 

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