Brazil to host next edition of international climate change event
The Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week will be held in Brazil in 2019. The announcement was made last Wednesday (22 August) during this year's edition of the event in Montevideo (Uruguay).
Held annually since 2008, the Climate Week is organised by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This year’s edition has gathered together approximately 800 specialists from all 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss climate change issues.
During a presentation on forest and climate policies in this year's event, the Brazilian delegation revealed that the country has reduced its carbon emissions by 2.6 billion tons between 2016 and 2017, including a decrease of 610 million tons of carbon in the Amazon (the target was to hit 564 million tons by 2020) and 170 million in the Cerrado (the target was to reach 104 million tons in 2020). This means Brazil has managed to hit its targets for the Amazon and Cerrado biomes three years early.
Environment Minister Edson Duarte highlighted that these results further prompt Brazil to also seek early achievement of its target of zeroing illegal deforestation in the Amazon, which it undertook to do by 2030 as part of its commitments under the Paris Accord.