Argentina played host of the 2018 G20 summit – the meeting concluded on Saturday. Leaders of the fastest growing emerging economies, BRICS met for the first time since the election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s President on the sidelines of the G20.
The grouping’s leaders released a statement saying that they are recommit themselves to the full implementation of the Paris agreement.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, starting in the year 2020.
The statement was a response to Bolsonaro’s threat to quit to withdraw Brazil from the Paris Agreement.
The Brazil newly elected President has also failed to honour the promise to host the crucial UN Climate talks (COP25) in 2019. Bolsonaro abandoned the plans to host two months after the country agreed to host.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane