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COP26 President welcomes commitments towards climate goals during critical visit to Brazil

Alok Sharma had constructive discussions with ministers on progress towards Brazil's pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and eliminate illegal deforestation by 2030

  • Alok Sharma met with Brazilian Vice President and Cabinet members and welcomed commitment for implementation plans to be presented by COP26 in pursuit of green growth
  • COP President congratulated subnational governments and private sector on their commitments and for joining the UN Race to Zero campaign
  • Sharma welcomed plans from Congress to raise ambition on ending illegal deforestation

In his first visit to Brazil as COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, had constructive discussions with Vice President Mourao and other key ministers on progress towards the Brazilian government’s pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and eliminate illegal deforestation by 2030.

With three months to go before the UK hosts the critical UN climate change summit, Mr Sharma encouraged Brazilian ministers to honour these crucial commitments and welcomed Brazil’s commitment to present an implementation plan by COP26 in order to deliver green growth. Ahead of the Glasgow summit, the UK is urging countries to come forward with plans to halt deforestation, as well as to end reliance on coal, transition to zero emission vehicles, and deliver the finance needed to tackle climate change.

During his three-day visit to Brasilia, Mr Sharma hosted a “Closing the Ambition Loop” event with UN High-Level Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz, where two more regions, several cities and businesses committed to neutralising their carbon emissions by 2050 by joining the Race to Zero campaign. With further net zero commitments from other states present, total commitments will account for nearly 50% of Brazil’s emissions and half of its GDP.

Meeting with representatives from Congress, Alok Sharma welcomed their plans to bring forward a 2030 commitment to end illegal deforestation.

The COP26 President also spoke to influential civil society organisations about the UK’s aims for COP26, highlighting how important their voices are in maintaining an inclusive process as we work together to tackle climate change.

Speaking at the end of his visit, Alok Sharma said:

I welcome Brazil’s pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and eliminate illegal deforestation by 2030. I have heard encouraging signs of progress towards these goals, and look forward to seeing detailed plans on implementation of those commitments.

Brazil is key to the global fight against climate change, and as an agriculture powerhouse has much to contribute to advancing climate action and delivering green growth.

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