Brazil announced Wednesday (Nov 28) it is withdrawing its offer to host the COP25 UN climate conference next year, citing financial constraints.
The news comes just days before the start of COP24, this year’s annual climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland.
“Considering the current financial and budgetary restrictions, which are expected to continue in the near future, and the process of transition for the recently elected administration … the Brazilian government feels obliged to rescind its offer to host COP25,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who will assume office on Jan 1, has threatened to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate accord while also vowing to remove restrictions on the agribusiness sector accused of causing untold devastation to the environment, in particular the Amazon rainforest.
Earlier this month, Bolsonaro appointed career diplomat Ernesto Araujo as his new foreign minister, a man who this week hit out at “climate scare-mongering” in an article in the Gazeta do Povo newspaper.
“The Brazilian government has carried out a meticulous analysis of the requirements to host COP25. The analysis focuses, in particular, on the financial necessities associated with hosting this event,” added the foreign ministry.
COP25 was due to take place from Nov 11 to 22, 2019.