MIL OSI Translation. Region: Portuguese / Latin America –
Source: Republic of Brazil 3
Mr. President of the United Nations General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, Honorable Heads of State and Government, Ladies and Gentlemen, The rational and sustainable exploitation of the immeasurable resources present in the Brazilian territory, for the benefit of our society, is our priority. special attention to the discussions of the Biodiversity Summit, which may determine the future of these resources and define the new contours of the economy in the 21st century. We are aware of the enormous potential of the bioeconomy. We need to reach a consensus and know how to combine sustainability with development, and environmental preservation with economic innovation. In Brazil, we are proud to belong to the group of megadiverse countries and to have the largest extension of native vegetation on the planet, which corresponds to 60% of our national territory. Over the years, as a parliamentary and now as President of the Republic, I have always made it clear that one of the priorities of the Brazilian State should be protecting and the sovereign management of our natural resources. Since 2019, my government has consciously adopted policies to protect the environment, knowing the double challenge we face. We have an obligation to preserve our biomes and, at the same time, we need to face complex social adversities. such as unemployment and poverty, in addition to seeking to ensure food security for our people. In 2020, we moved in this direction and, even facing a difficult and atypical situation due to the coronavirus, we reinforced surveillance actions on our biomes and strengthened our means to combat ecosystem degradation, external sabotage and biopiracy. In the Amazon, we launched “Operation Green Brazil 2”, which has so far managed to reverse the trend of increasing deforested area observed in previous years. We will continue this operation to further intensify the fight against these problems, which favor organizations that, associated with some NGOs, command environmental crimes. in Brazil and abroad. In the Pantanal, we have strengthened the integration between government agencies with the support of the Armed Forces, to act in a coordinated manner and, thus, fight the fires around the region. This shows that we maintain our commitment to seek the sustainable development of the country, based on agriculture based on proven biotechnology and also on the preservation of our environmental heritage. In the last decades, the Brazilian agricultural sector obtained significant increases in productivity and proved its capacity to expand its production and feeding the world, while reducing its already negligible impact on the environment. I vehemently reject international greed for our Amazon. And we will defend it from actions and narratives that attack national interests. We cannot accept, therefore, that false and irresponsible information serve as a pretext for the imposition of unfair international rules that disregard the important environmental achievements that we have achieved for the benefit of Brazil and In this sense, I recall that the Convention on Biological Diversity enshrines the sovereign right of States to exploit their natural resources, in accordance with their environmental policies, and that is exactly what we intend to do with the enormous wealth that exists in Brazilian territory. Also in this regard, I call upon all those present to renew their commitment to negotiations under the Convention, recognizing that Member States have common but differentiated responsibilities. I also want to remember that the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must take into account the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world economy, especially in developing countries. Be certain that Brazil will continue to do its part in the negotiations, always with the objective of securing financial resources for the protection of biodiversity, both through the sharing of benefits from the bioeconomy, and through new mechanisms, such as payment to suppliers of environmental services. In Brazil, the Forest + program, of the Ministry of the Environment, already provides for payment to agents that develop projects for the conservation and sustainable use of our ecosystems. international level, would be able to generate even more positive impacts for the environment and for the native communities of Brazil. It is necessary that all countries fulfill their responsibilities, pay their share and unite against evils such as biopiracy, environmental sabotage and bioterrorism. My Government remains firmly committed to sustainable development and sovereign resource management b We will always be open to contribute to a debate based on respect for the three pillars of the Convention on Biological Diversity: conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing. I expect the same commitment from you. Thank you all very much!
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