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Brazil's Lula urges rich countries to do their part to fund fight against climate change

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged wealthy nations Wednesday to fulfill their unkept promises to fund developing countries' fight against climate change, at a summit on saving the world's tropical forests.

Vowing to act as a bloc in future climate negotiations, the eight South American countries that share the Amazon basin and nations from the Caribbean, Africa and Asia called on the industrialised world to do more to protect Earth's disappearing tropical forests, vital buffers against global warming.

"It's not that Brazil needs money. It's not that Colombia or Venezuela need money. Mother Nature needs money, it needs financing, because industrial development has destroyed it over the past 200 years," Lula told a news conference.

But he and other leaders at the summit faced criticism themselves over their failure to adopt a pledge to stop illegal deforestation in the Amazon by 2030 and ban new oil exploration, as climate campaigners and Indigenous groups had urged.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) expressed its "great concern at the lack of a common goal to end deforestation" at the closely watched summit.

Brazil's main Indigenous organisation meanwhile chastised leaders for not doing more to protect native lands, which experts say are one of the best defenses for forests.

"We hope all this effort at dialogue won't come down to empty words," said the Association of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples (APIB).

Rebuke of wealthy nations

The two-day summit was a key test for veteran leftist Lula, who returned to office in January vowing "Brazil is back" in the fight against climate change, after four years of destruction in the Amazon under far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro.

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  • Videlis Eddie

    39 w

    Funding developing countries will rilly help ... together we are the solution 💚

    • We Don't Have Time

      44 w

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      • George Kariuki

        44 w

        Everyone needs to play a part in this course.

        • Komu Daniel

          45 w

          President Lula is really an amazing climate champion

          • Phylis Akinyi

            45 w

            Lula has always been on the forefront in the fight against climate change and seeing him call out for wealthier countries to deliver on their pledges is encouraging.

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              45 w

              The funds will be of great help to save the worlds tropical forests

              • Jane Wangui

                41 w

                @elizbeth_gathigia hoping for more investors then funding is no problem.

              • Patrik Lobergh

                45 w

                Time for wealthier countries to deliver on their financing commitments from 2009: 100 Billion Dollars per year

                • johnte ndeto

                  45 w

                  Funding on climate is really essential to facilitate smooth transformations on climatic matters

                  • Princess

                    45 w

                    It's great to hear that Lula is encouraging other countries to contribute to the fight against climate change. Collaboration among nations is crucial to addressing this global issue effectively.

                    • Hilda Wangui

                      45 w

                      Great call Hope's the funds once given they will be utilized fully on climate to solve crisis

                      • Ajema Lydiah

                        45 w

                        This is great, funding developing countries will effectively help in curbing climate crisis


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