Cop27- Brazilian president-elect Lula addresses climate summit – live
Again he speaks about what his government will do on deforestation- ‘There is no planet security without a protected Amazon. We will do whatever it takes to have zero deforestation and degradations of our biomes.
‘For this reason I would like to announce that efforts to fight climate change will have the highest profile in my next government. We will prioritise the fight against deforestation of all of our biomes, and reverse years of the previous governments. In 2021, we had a deforestation of 13 thousand square km. The destruction will stay in the past.’
‘Environmental crimes have grown in a scary way in under the previous government. We will strengthen oversight bodies. We will punish illegal activities- gold miners, loggers, farmers.’
He also announces a ministry for Indigenous people. ‘These actions affect native people above all. That is why we will created a minstry of native people so they can have their own voice.’
And now he is returning specifically to the subject of climate change, and the way it will affect people.
‘Nobody is safe. In the US, they live with tropical storms and more and more powerful storms. In Brazil, which is a forest and hydro power, we experienced drought and experienced devastating floods. Europe faces an extreme heat situation with fires and unprecedented deaths.
‘And although it is the continent with the lowest GHG emissions, Africa has drought. I repeat- nobody is safe.’
‘There is not two Brazils. I want to say there are not two planet Earths. We are one sole species called humanity.’ He attacks inequality, and argues that it will undermine everyone’s future.
He says- ‘We need to build confidence with our people and overcome our immediate national interest so we can build a new international order to overcome the needs of the present times.’
He warms to this theme. ‘I would like to say to you all that Brazil is back. Brazil is back to resume its ties with the world and to once again fight hunger in the world. To cooperate once again with the poorest countries – above all Africa – to cooperate with technology transfers to build a better future for our peoples.
‘We are back. We are back to help build a peaceful world order based on dialogue and multilateralism. The world of today is not the same as the world in 1945.’ He says the veto power of the security council must be ended, for true peace.
‘Brazil is back,’ he says simply, and is greeted by cheers.
Now he turns to the subject of the Amazon and to his renewed pledges to fight deforestation.
‘The survival of the Amazon also depended on the election. Civilisation and values are back. The respect and human rights are back. Brazil has already shown the world that that path to ending deforestation. We reduced deforestation 83% while increasingly agricultural GDP 75%.’
He says frankly- ‘We need more resources for a problem that was created by rich countries but is disproportionally felt by the most vulnerable.’
The good news, he says, is that Brazil will rejoin the fight. ‘Today, I am here to say that Brazil is ready to join once again to join effort to build a healthier planets. Brazil has just ended elections. One of the most decisive in its history. It was followed in an unprecedented way by other countries. It could help control the rise of authoritarian right and climate denialists in the world.’
He now moves onto the subject of climate change and the warning signals he says the world has ignored. He speaks about the geopolitical challenges ahead.
‘The planet warns us at every moment that we need each other to survive. Alone we are vulnerable to the cliamte tragedy. Nevertheless we ignored these warnings.
‘We have spent trillions of dollars that only result in destruction and death. We experience a moment where we have multiple problem- nuclear war, crisis of food supply, energy, erosion of biodiversity, inequality.’
He says- ‘These are hard times. But it was always in difficult times that humanity overcame challenges. We need more confidence.’
He begins by saying- ‘Thank you. I want to thank first of all the president of Egypt for inviting me here. I have a great joy participating in this event with the United Nations that we have all learned to respect.’
Brazilian president-elect Lula comes in, proceeded by a large security detail. There are cheers and whoops and ‘Olé, olé, olé, ola, Lula, Lula’ erupts as he enters with the Egyptian foreign minister.
He is now addressing Cop27.
People have been told to take their seats again. ‘The president is here,’ we are told.
Lula’s speech is so popular at Cop27 that the overflow room is now … overflowing. Still, we wait.
Maybe not. People are up again taking photos with each other. The event is running 15 minutes late.
People are being asked to take their seats. We are about to begin …
When Lula won power at the end of last month, he promised a return to the environmental policies of his first presidency which resulted in an enormous drop in the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
‘We will fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon … Brazil and the planet need the Amazon alive,’ he said in his first speech after winning power.
‘We are going to restart the monitoring and surveillance of the Amazon and combat any kind of illegal activity,’ he vowed. ‘We are not interested in a war over the environment but we are ready to defend it from any threat.’
Here’s the full report from the Guardian’s Tom Phillips.
Security guards have got the Sellotape out to fix last minute trip hazards on parts of the carpet where Lula is about to enter. They have also turned their attention to the TV cables to make sure the Brazilian president-elect does not go flying when he enters the room.
Marina Silva, a former Lula environment minister, Carlos Nobre, a Brazilian scientific expert on the Amazon rainforest, and Tasso Azevedo, one of the architects of the Amazon Fund, have just entered the room and taken their seats. The president-elect is surely close.
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