The event will be held next Friday in the United Nations headquarters, in New York. The multi-sector movement highlights that the Brazilian society is committed to the climate change agenda and Brazil cannot be left behind regarding the opportunities presented at this historic moment.
São Paulo, April 20, 2016 - The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture will be present this Friday, April 22, Earth Day, at the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, convened by the Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon and held at the UN headquarters, in New York. The event will be attended by representatives from over 160 countries, including Brazil, and will initiate the historical process of ratification of the treaty to tackle climate changes, agreed in the Climate Conference (COP 21), in December 2015. Brazilian president Dilma Roussef is also expected to attend the ceremony.
"Brazil needs to ratify the agreement as soon as possible and strive to have the process endorsed by the Legislative Power quickly", says Roberto Waack, Chairman of the Board of Amata and member of the Brazilian Coalition. The entrepreneur will be in New York together with other members of the movement. "We are going to indicate that the Brazilian society remains committed. The projects are not on hold and the Brazilian Coalition is an example of continuous work in this agenda", he adds.
The Brazilian Coalition, a multi-sector movement with over 120 members, recognizes the enormous potential of the country to become one of the greatest leaders of the technological revolution for an economy based on new parameters, since it dominates the low-carbon techniques required for this. Because of the troubled institutional settings, Brazil's leadership is even more desirable to speed up the installation of this new, more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, Executive Chairman of Ibá (Brazilian Tree Industry), who will also be at the ceremony, it is time for sectoral reorganization. "Some of the main points are: to maintain the stability of the Forest Code and create medium and long term programs for technological development in restoration and low-carbon farming", she says. Carlos Rittl, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory, is also to attend the event and says that the change agenda is strategic and must be treated as such. "Reducing emissions is important for the climate, but it also brings many opportunities for the country's economy. These are good news for a nation that is facing great challenges", he says.
For the Paris Agreement to come into force, it must be ratified by at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Brazil is an important participant because the country is one of the ten largest global emitters, one of the largest food producers in the world and home to 12% of global forests, which represent the largest reserve of the planet’s biomass (carbon).
In its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions defined by each country for the global effort against climate change), Brazil proposed the following targets for GHG reduction: 37% until 2025 and 43% until 2030, based in 2005. Compliance with these measures involves the agriculture, forestry and energy areas. "The society, the private sector and the state need a lot of determination and coordination to materialize the goals and promote positive and real changes", affirms businessman and environmental entrepreneur Guilherme Leal, also a member of the Brazilian Coalition. Tomorrow, April 21, Mr. Leal will participate in a high-level thematic debate about the Sustainable Development Goals, also at the UN headquarters, convened due to its strong linkage with the Paris Agreement.
About the Brazilian Coalition
The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture is a multi-sector movement established to propose initiatives and influence public policies that lead to the development of a low-carbon economy by creating decent jobs, encouraging innovation, Brazil’s global competitiveness and generating and distributing wealth across society. Over 150 companies, business associations, research centers and civil society organizations have already joined The Brazilian Coalition – coalizaobr.com.br/en
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