Lula and the Vice President of the European Commission met at COP27 and agreed to cooperate to stop deforestation

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Brazilian president-elect met Frans Timmermans on the sidelines of the climate summit in Egypt

Lula and the vice president of the European Commission met at COP27 and agreed cooperate to stop deforestation

Lula da Silva at COP 27 (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, met for the first time with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva since his election as president of Brazil, on the sidelines of the climate summit COP27, to lay the foundations for future cooperation, including deforestation, sources from the European Union (EU) told the news agency EFE.

During the meeting, “they laid a good foundation for future cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including deforestation”, reported community sources, who did not provide further details of this meeting held behind closed doors.

In an interview with EFE, Timmermans already He anticipated that he would meet with Lula and stated that deforestation is “one of the EU's priorities” and hoped that, together with Brazil, he could “develop some really good ideas in this field”.

Yesterday, the Brazilian president-elect announced to the world from Sharm el Sheikh that “Brazil is back” on the path of the fight against climate change, after four years of “climate denial” by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.

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In his first visit abroad since he won the presidential elections on October 30, the veteran politician took the opportunity to confirm that climate change in his country, the largest custodian of the Amazon rainforest, will have the “highest profile in the structure” of his government and that “environmental crimes will be fought without truce”.

Lula and the Vice President of the European Commission met at COP27 and agreed to cooperate to stop deforestation

Frans Timmermans held a closed-door meeting with Lula (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

In addition, he supported the creation of a fund to compensate developing countries for the costly damage caused by weather-related natural disasters.

“We urgently need financial mechanisms to remedy the loss and damage caused by climate change,” Lula told the UN COP27 climate conference in Egypt, where the issue has divided wealthy nations. and developing.

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Lula criticized President Jair Bolsonaro several times, who promoted the economic development of the Amazon, both in his rhetoric in favor of companies and in the way he managed the forests. Lula will take office on January 1.

“Brazil cannot remain isolated as in the last four years. (Brazilian officials) did not travel to other countries and no other countries traveled to Brazil,” Lula said.

On Tuesday night, Lula and US envoy John Kerry< /b>They met to discuss measures against climate change and deforestation, according to a statement from a State Department spokesperson to The Associated Press. Lula is scheduled to meet with ministers from various countries.

Promise to civil society to “rebuild” Brazil

This Thursday, Lula will also he met with representatives of civil society in a meeting in which he promised to “rebuild” a country that is “worse than it was in 2003″, when he first came to power.

“I want you to help me rebuild the country,” Lula told an audience of NGOs and Brazilian organizations in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el Sheikh, who repeatedly cheered him and sent him off with shouts of “Brazil is back!” .

“We are happy with your coming” to power, but “we will remain vigilant” because “demands, president, we have many”, said Puyr Tembé< /b>, from the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB).

“You came to listen to us; the current government [of Jair Bolsonaro] wanted to silence us,” addedMarcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, an NGO that is very active in documenting the damage in the Amazon.

The 77-year-old leftist leader strongly promised to resume the social agenda of his first two terms (2003-2010), which lifted 30 million people out of poverty.

And he promised to combat malnutrition in Brazil, which in 2021 reappeared on the UN's so-called “hunger map”, with the data that on 28, 9% of the population of this country of 213 million inhabitants suffers from “moderate or severe food insecurity”.

The South American giant had been eliminated from that register in 2014, after the economic boom and the social policies of Lula and his successor Dilma Rousseff.

(With information from AFP, EFE and AP)

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