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Lula defends Amazon rainforest for Brazil to host UN climate summit

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BrazilPresident-elect Lula told the annual UN climate summit in Egypt today that he wants the 2025 summit to be held in Brazil.Amazon(Amazon) region. He also vowed to fight deforestation in Brazil.

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Agence France-Presse reported that the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) was held in the coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Brazil’s newly elected left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was greeted, applauded or had selfies taken with by a packed crowd at the conference’s Amazon States pavilion.

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Outgoing far-right President of BrazilbolsonaroDuring the administration of Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest experienced massive deforestation. Lula, who served as Brazil’s president from 2003 to 2010, defeated Bolsonaro in October’s general election and returned to power. This is his first foreign trip since being elected, and is expected to give a much-needed boost to COP27.

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In his speech, Lula said, “I come here to tell you all: Brazil is back in the world. Brazil is not an isolated country by nature. We will fight illegal deforestation very strongly.”

Lula also announced the creation of a Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, promising “very good care” for the various communities living in the Brazilian Amazon.

Since Bolsonaro is a staunch supporter of agricultural corporatization, during his tenure, the average annual deforestation in Brazil has increased by 75% compared to the previous 10 years.

Lula said he would ask UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to hold the 2025 climate summit in Brazil.

Lula also said: “The (meeting) in Brazil should take place in the Amazon.” He pointed out that the local states of Amazonas and Pará have the infrastructure to host the summit.

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