Brazil joins ambitious countries at Climate Summit Paris 2015
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 50, December 2015
Rio de Janeiro — At last minute,
Brazil has joined the "high ambition coalition" at the Climate Summit 2015 in Paris. This is a potentially very important development, observers say, because in the final hours of the negotiations
Brazil could build bridges between the coalition and the emerging countries.
On Friday afternoon, Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands, garnered applause when he announced that Brazil joined the coalition.
It is an important development in the last hours of the heated negotiations leading up to an agreement.
High Ambition Coalition consists of the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific states.
Yesterday also the United States united this ambitious group of countries.
The countries in the coalition were working hard on an ambitious
climate agreement in Paris. For these countries, such a climate agreement must specify a maximum temperature increase of 1.5 degrees and a clear target for the reduction of
CO2 emissionsin the long term.
They also strive for a five-yearly review of the national climate promises and clear and transparent rules for measuring progress.
Now a 'emerging country' like Brazil joins them, a game changer may be in the talks, said Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Policy at Greenpeace.
"This accession of Brazil can change the whole dynamic in the last few hours," he says. "There were as yet no emerging countries in the coalition. With this development Brazil can be a bridge builder with the others."
"These hours must now be used to encourage together the biggest emitters in the world to conclude an ambitious climate agreement," he says. "An agreement that gives a clear signal that fossil fuels must be phased out and we must make the transition to a future based on renewable energy."