Brazil HUB: the conquest of a space for civil society
A historic mobilization at the 25th UN Climate Conference, which continues until December 14, in Madrid, Spain. The iCS team fought for a democratic and inclusive area, which has received hundreds of private sector representatives, scientists, members of congress, subnational governments, press, negotiators and observers from other countries that have contributed to the plurality of discussuions at this conference. Although the results of the negotiations have been negative, learn about what happened at the Brazilian hub and participate of evaluation!
The Brazilian delegation was present in Hall 8 of COP25. Representatives from hundreds of organizations participated in the conference with the expectation of "presenting more ambitious commitments." The common meeting point for Brazilians was the Brazil Climate Action Hub, organized by iCS and IPAM. This concentrated the political discussions on different topics – such as the Amazon, communities and territories, climate finance, communities of faith for the climate, climate policies of adaptation, youth for the climate, carbon pricing, Brazilian female mayors, energy efficiency, climate litigation, and climate justice, among others.
"Civil society paid for, organized, and arranged an agenda, and it became the place to discuss Brazil, and for Brazilian society and the Brazilian parliament to meet and to debate these climate issues," said Claudio Angelo, the communication coordinator of the Climate Observatory, to the G1 website.
According to the journalist, Daniella Chiarreti, in her article in Valor Econômico, "it is undeniable that the longest climate conference in history produced generalized frustrations. It did not deliver on carbon markets, or more financing or stronger targets of reduction for greenhouse gases."
The G1 article had a retrospective of 5 negative and 5 positive points of the COP in general. Among the highlights of the Brazilian participation at the COP, we have produced a small retrospective:
THE LEADING ROLE OF YOUTH FOR THE CLIMATE
THE PRESENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS AT THE BRAZIL HUB
LAUNCH OF PUBLICATIONS
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iCS has also worked extensively to motivate NGOs and companies to send representatives to Madrid, has produced webinars for the press and grantees, and financially supported the presence of some key actors
For those who have not had the opportunity to go to the Spanish capital, to see the direction of the climate negotiations close-up, the hotsite of the Brazil Area, held in partnership with iCS and IPAM (Environmental Research Institute of the Amazon Region), invites you to learn about everything that is happening at the Conference. In addition to a complete calendar with all the activities, a news program shows what the partner institutions are doing and presenting, as well as the prior expectations for the penultimate COP before the start of the implementation of the targets of the Paris Agreement.
The Area is part of the iCS effort to support Brazilian society to organize events at COP – the Institute has not filtered any programming, allowing a location and a voice for civil society and other interested parties. More than this, the Area began long before its physical version appeared in Madrid. iCS performed a series of webinars for the press and for grantees about the issues to be addressed at the COP, as well as guidelines for accreditation, financial support or logistics for the travel of some actors and grantees, and an extensive work of motivation for organizations to send representatives to the Conference.