The French president was invited to the event since the country has territory in the Amazon region
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, thanked President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) this Tuesday (8.Aug.2023) for organizing the Amazon Summit, held in Belém (PA).
No Twitter, Macron stated what “Forests are absolutely crucial in the fight against global warming and the loss of biodiversity” and what is “It is urgent to stop, once and for all, deforestation”. According to the Frenchman, 4 million hectares of primary tropical forests were “lost” only in 2022.
He said it was necessary to fight the “flagella” that affect the region, such as deforestation, pollution and illegal mining. He also declared that it was necessary to defend the populations that live “in the forest and the forest”.
The French president was invited to the summit because France has the Amazon forest on its territory in French Guiana, a South American region that is part of the European country. However, Macron did not attend.
The meeting, led by President Lula, is attended by leaders and authorities from countries that have the Amazon as part of their territory. In addition to Brazil, the biome is located in parts of Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Ecuador.
The 8 countries participating in the Summit are part of ACTO (Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization), a body created in 1978 that encourages sustainable development and social inclusion in the Region. The 2023 meeting is the 4th between the parties to the treaty and the 1st since 2009.
The event started this Tuesday (Aug 8) and will run until Aug 4 (Aug 9). In a protocol speech, Lula stated that the meeting aims to promote sustainable development in the region, in addition to ensuring the place of the Amazonian countries on the international agenda.
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