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Global summit seeks compromise against anti-climatic ‘cattle’. UN warns



São Paulo – Summit this Saturday (12) intends to mark the five years of the Paris Agreement and reinforce environmental commitments assumed since then. “There will be no place for generalist statements,” says the promotional material. Organized by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy, the meeting brings together almost 80 countries. Brazil is not among the speakers. The UN made a critical assessment.

“The UN climate summit, this Saturday, will mark Brazilian foreign policy. But not for the right reasons, ”wrote columnist Jamil Chad, on the portal Twitter. He recalls that the event was prepared “so that governments from around the world present their emission cut targets or concrete actions in environmental terms”. The project presented by Brazil, he recalled, was not considered “ambitious” enough. The meeting is formally called the Climate Ambition Summit.

Proof of credibility

But at the opening, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that countries are not in the right direction, as the commitments of five years ago are not being fulfilled. “Climate action is the leading thermometer in the world today. We have the plan: the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. But we need to go through a test of credibility: let us turn the promise of a world without polluting emissions into reality ”, he declared.

He called on all countries to follow in the footsteps of 38 nations that have already taken this approach and declare a State of Climate Emergency until the so-called carbon neutrality is achieved. Guterres spoke of a “global coalition” in this sense, starting with an emission reduction of around 45% by 2030, compared to the level of 2010.

Recovery from covid

But he criticized the fact that G-20 members are spending 50% more on their stimulus packages in sectors linked to the production and consumption of fossil fuels. “This is unacceptable,” he said. The billions of dollars needed for the recovery of covid-19 is an amount that we are borrowing from future generations. This is moral proof. We cannot use these resources to implement policies that burden the next generations with a huge debt on a broken planet. ”

The organization of the meeting recalls that the virtual event has the pandemic as a backdrop. “Science continues to warn us about the urgency of adopting measures and limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5 ºC. Climate change is not something that we can leave ‘for later’. (…) Countries will establish new and ambitious commitments within the framework of the three pillars of the Paris Agreement, which are mitigation, adaptation and financing. ”

Thus, these and other commitments must translate into long-term strategies against carbon emissions, financing and support for the most vulnerable, in addition to complementary policies. “This will help us to recover from covid-19 without neglecting the environment and fostering resilience.”

Mistrust in Europe

It is not only at the summit that Brazil is viewed with reserve. In an interview with the website Focus Congress, the European Union’s ambassador to Brazil, Ignacio Ybáñez Rubio, says that the bloc’s negotiations with Mercosur are stalled due to distrust of Brazilian environmental policy. “For the negotiations to proceed, warns the diplomat, Europe will need to regain confidence in Brazil, which will require the country to reduce indicators of illegal deforestation and reformulate its socio-environmental policy, also covering the protection of indigenous peoples” says the portal.

The country has been pursuing a policy of revoking environmental standards, as contested resolutions by Conama, for example. Minister Ricardo Salles is best remembered for declaring, in April, that the government should “go through the cattle”, in the sense of approving changes in the regulation of the sector, taking advantage of the fact that the central concern was the pandemic. The Attorney General’s Office opened – and filed – an investigation into the minister’s stance.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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