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The Brazilian Center for International Relations (Cebri) and KAS-EKLA hosted this Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th a conference “The Climate Agenda as the Central Axis of Foreign Policy in Latin America”, which took place at the Cebri Headquarters, in Gavea (South Zone of Rio de Janeiro) and was broadcast virtually. Experts from Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Chile stressed the importance of a comprehensive climate agenda for promoting sustainable economic development and social well-being on the continent. According to the participants, the climate agenda has an impact on health promotion and job creation and is therefore part of the agenda of candidates in this year’s elections.

“The environment is at the center of the power struggle of the new global geopolitics. The climate agenda that began to take shape in Rio 92 30 years ago is not a matter of right or left, much less a separate issue from the current economic agenda. The climate agenda represents economic and political strength as well as technological strength,” said Chebri adviser and former environment minister Isabella Teixeira.

According to Nicole Stopfer, director of the Regional Program for Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the idea of ​​the conference was to open up space for dialogue for greater integration among Latin American countries. “The region has a huge energy and sustainable potential. The development of regional and global public policy cooperation at a critical time for the whole world is of fundamental importance,” he said.

The discussions also included Hussein Kalut, Cebri international consultant and researcher at Harvard University; Cristian Gutiérrez Pangui, Director of the Regional Center for Green Growth and Climate Change in Chile; Ana Toni, Director of the iCS Institute and Senior Fellow at the Cebri Center for Environment and Climate Change; Maria Laura Rojas, co-founder and director of the NGO Transforma in Colombia; and Elsa Kelly, Ambassador and Director of the Environment and Human Development Committee of the Argentine Council on Foreign Relations (CARI). Manuel Pulgar, former minister of the environment of Peru and global leader on climate and energy for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), also attended at the invitation of KAS-EKLA.

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Elsa Kelly emphasized the importance of diplomacy in the implementation of joint public policy: “We cannot continue with the mentality of the 20th century. Diplomacy must place the environment at the center of foreign policy and move closer and closer to scientists. We need to consult in terms of science and technology and include this knowledge in the training of diplomats to ensure national interests,” he stressed.

Manuel Pulgar, Peru’s former environment minister, said the cost of a tonne of carbon in the carbon market is not competitive for certain sectors of the economy in Latin America. Pulgar said governments in the region, especially those bordering the Amazon region, should create regulation and provide incentives to capitalize on the carbon market in the energy transition in the coming years. Pulgar also stressed the importance of “better use of land, effective control of deforestation, and better political governance and joint planning by the countries of the region.”

Hussein Kalut warned that the climate agenda occupies a secondary place in the region’s foreign policy, but today it is a strategic and long-term issue. “There is a direct request from society. The environment is fully linked to the economy, job creation and public health,” he said.

Ana Toni recalled that Rio 92, held 30 years ago, was an important milestone for putting the climate agenda on the agenda. Now the climate agenda is central to the economies of countries, especially developed ones. “We need to bring this issue to the polls, speak with ordinary citizens, and in a more accessible language. In Chile and Germany, the climate issue determined the elections. I hope the same will happen in Brazil in the October elections. More than two million young people have registered in Brazil this year. Young people will vote with this agenda in mind because it’s the same health and income agenda, not a separate agenda. All candidates will be on the alert because they are voting,” he said.

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For Cristian Gutiérez Panga, climate change does not happen without participation, political integration and societal engagement. He noted with concern the militarization movement in the Amazon. “It is important that there is a culture of cooperation between countries to ensure energy and agri-food security in Latin America, this should be a priority of the foreign policy of the continent.”



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Barbudo defends CPI Petrobras and refutes the political point of view argument: when it was CPI Covid, nobody cared, right? :: News MT

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Barbudo defends CPI Petrobras and refutes the political point of view argument: when it was CPI Covid, nobody cared, right?  :: News MT
Federal MP Nelson Barbudo (PL) said the issue of protecting the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) to investigate the actions of Petrobras has been appeased within the PL, the party of President Jair Bolsonaro. According to him, the group wants transparency and does not have a political view: “When it came to the opening of the CPI on Covid, no one was worried, right? If there were pre-election elections, if there weren’t any, the Senate, in my opinion, to the detriment of Bolsonaro’s election campaign, opened [a CPI]”.

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The secretary says the creation of the consumer price index is a “political decision” but points out that the pricing of Petrobras must change.

As for Barbudo, Petrobras needs to explain the successive increases and explain why it is not using its “social purpose”. He even stated that he even considers the adjustments “a diversion that is carried out before the presidential campaign.”

“Is it not possible to increase oil by 14%? The dollar did not rise in price by 14%, the barrel of oil did not rise in price by 14%, so why did it rise in price by 14%? In 1.4%, 14%. We did everything with the leaders to remove ICMS, which is 24% in some places, the other day Petrobras gives a 14% increase, I mean … Petrobras also has to analyze the social function, this is what I hit hard,” he defended.

MP Bolsonaro also said that Bolsonaro’s point of view has not changed, he first said that high prices are due to taxes, and now he is turning to Petrobras. Barbudo said the government has held a task force and is trying to act on all fronts.

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“The government had a task force to remove ICMS from the states and replace it in the hope that the price would drop at the gas station. So Petrobras comes in and doesn’t cooperate? We will work on Petrobras and see what happens, because we need people to have a working position, regardless of the election period. Now Petrobras is growing by 14% every 30 days… in 90 days Brazil is not viable,” he lamented.

In yet another attempt, the MP said he would submit a proposal to the President to submit a PEC or LP for Petrobras to pay the fuel freight with a portion of the profits made in the first two quarters of 2022. Thus, according to him, all municipalities will receive fuel at the same price.

“Let’s take this idea from the president to see if the board accepts… [] another way to try download. What we are trying to do is to provide working conditions for the Brazilian people, especially for agriculture in Mato Grosso, tractors, big machines, agriculture. [usam gasolina e] Soon it will be unbearable. We, representing our people, must take action, whether it is with the CPI, with the PEC, with the PL, no matter what happens, we need to lower the price of oil,” he concluded.

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For Damaso, politicians must act transparently and honestly in order to earn the respect of the population.

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For Damaso, politicians must act transparently and honestly in order to earn the respect of the population.

“I want to be a politician only as long as I have the respect of the population, and there is only one way to earn respect: to do serious work, transparently and honestly.” The statement was made by pre-gubernatorial candidate Osires Damaso (PSC) in a press interview in Araguaín during his last visit to the city, this Friday 24. In addition to meeting with communication specialists, he met with the authorities and political leaders of the municipality to strengthen his name in a dispute for state government.

Asked about his motives for running for president, Damaso talked about his experiences as a three-term state deputy, Legislative Assembly president, as a businessman, and the beginnings of his personal journey. “And this experience allowed me to get acquainted with the resources that reach the state, their potential and the real needs of the inhabitants of Tocantins,” he explained.

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“We need a government that truly runs an administration focused on economic development, growth and the quality of life of our people. We need industrialized, modern and respected Tocantinas. I am sure that with my experience I will have excellent management, giving people real opportunities,” Damaso said.

The pre-nominee also advocates a partnership between state government and municipalities to develop public policies that primarily benefit those living in situations of social vulnerability. “I want to implement the program in partnership with city halls, municipal councils and leaders so that we can deliver basic food packages to the population, restoring the mood of many families. But, in addition, we need a state program so that these people can enter the labor market,” he stressed.

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As for the progress of the campaign, Damaso stressed that he was “very pleased with the receptivity of the population and the support received.” Among his main supporters are state deputy Junior Geo (PSC) and former mayor of Palmas, Carlos Amastha (PSB), who served two terms. The joints are in full swing and new weight bearings should be announced soon.

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Marcos Braz responds to social media politics after Maracanã controversy

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Marcos Braz responds to social media politics after Maracanã controversy

BUT Negative disagreement with Vasco over the use of Maracana rocked social media on this Sabbath day. Tarcisio Motta, Councilor of the City of Rio and federal candidate, published a publication saying that the stadium is for all fans. An irritated Marcos Braz, Vice President of Flamengo Football Club and also an adviser, responded to the politician.

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– Maracana is public! It was built and renovated (several times) with government money! Its concession cannot run counter to the interests of all citizens. Denying the consortium is baseless, absurd and FORCE US TO ACTIVATE MP. Maraca for all fans,” Tarcisio wrote on Twitter.

– When it comes to paying operating costs, no, – said the vice-president of Flamengo.

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The controversy began after Vasco applied for the loan of Maracanã against Sport in a match valid for Serie B on 3 July. A stadium consortium led by Flamengo and Fluminense rejected the request.

The clubs’ decision caused a huge uproar, and the state government decided to connect to the track. The stadium soap opera is divided and promises to open new chapters in the coming days.

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