The city of Belem will host the 30th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP30). The announcement was made on Friday, 26 May, by President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva on his social media account, as reported by Rede TV!, a partner of TV BRICS.
"Belem, the capital of the state of Para, has been chosen by the UN to host COP30 in 2025. Brazil will be honoured to host representatives from around the world in the state on our Amazon. I am sure the administration of the state of Para and all its people will contribute to the best conference in history," he said.
In a video posted on social media in which he appears with state governor Helder Barbalho, as well as Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, Lula assesses the choice of city to host COP30 as "exceptional news for the people of the state of Para, for Belem and all of Brazil."
"I have already attended COP in Egypt, Paris, Copenhagen, and people were only talking about the Amazon at them. So I said: Why not have a conference on the Amazon then, so you can find out what the Amazon is all about? What do the Amazon's rivers, forests and fauna look like?" he added.
COP30 is due to take place in November 2025. The choice of city for the event, according to the foreign minister, was made by the UN on 18 May: "This is the first time when we will hold a meeting of this magnitude on climate change in Brazil and, in particular, in the city of Belem."
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