• Joint Statement by Brazil and UAE on COP28 to COP30 Nature-Climate Partnership
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Joint Statement by Brazil and UAE on COP28 to COP30 Nature-Climate Partnership

Dec 04 2023

At the COP28 World Climate Action Summit, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates announced a bilateral partnership to strengthen dual nature and climate action between COP28 and COP30.

They underscored their shared commitment to address the interlinked challenges of climate change and biodiversity and ecosystem loss, emphasizing the urgency and complementarity of implementing the UN Convention on Climate Change, its Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Presidents also highlighted that the partnership will focus on enhancing local livelihoods and supporting the development goals of indigenous and traditional peoples.

The cooperation builds on the UAE and Brazil’s Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2023 and will include several priorities, such as:

  • Tropical and mangrove forest protection, conservation, and restoration;
  • Scaling innovative financial mechanisms for nature, including the new Tropical Forest Forever mechanism to finance standing forest;
  • Finance and policy for local and indigenous communities, women, and youth related to climate and nature action;
  • Global synergies between national strategies under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Both countries also welcomed the opportunity to work closely in support of Brazil’s G20 Presidency in 2024, as well the incoming presidencies of UNFCCC COP29 and CBD COP16.


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