Around 40 organizations and popular movements delivered a letter to the Brazilian government with the proposal to hold a People’s Summit at the 30th United Nations (UN) Conference on Climate Change, which will take place in November 2025, in Belém, Pará. .
The document was delivered during COP28, this Sunday (3), in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) by the member of the Carta de Belém Group, Maureen Santos. In the document, the movements report the signatories’ decision to build a “broad autonomous process of organized civil society called the COP 30 People’s Summit”.
Maureen Santos explains that the main objective will be to promote the debates organizations have been developing on climate justice. “Thinking about the Amazon, but also making connections with other biomes in Brazil and other popular struggles in the country, Latin America and global spaces”, she added.
The letter was delivered together with ministers, including Marcio Macedo, from the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Marina Silva, minister of Environment and Climate Change and Sônia Guajajara, minister of Indigenous Peoples.
“We recognize the historical and existing processes of building popular convergence in the Pan-Amazon and solidarity among the people of the world in the face of the impacts of the climate crisis and that they do not reach everyone in the same way”, state the organizations in the document delivered to Squid.
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“We live in a situation of great challenges in a context of current ecological, climatic and civilizational crisis. Faced with the advance of the extreme right in the world and contradictions that still persist among other political aspects, the climate debate is especially crucial from the point of view of building common struggles and for advancing the process of interconnections between social movements, networks and alliances of the civil society.”
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In the content of the letter, the organizations highlight the need to actively involve organizations and forest people in the debate and construction of climate policy. They emphasize that the climate debate is crucial for building common struggles and advancing interconnections between social movements, civil society networks and alliances.
Read the full letter:
Towards the COP 30 Peoples’ Summit
We, social and union movements, networks, organizations representing women, indigenous and traditional peoples, from the Brazilian Amazon and other undersigned Brazilian biomes, met in Brasília, on October 31st and November 1st, and decided to build a broad autonomous process of organized civil society called the COP 30 Peoples Summit.
The COP 30 People’s Summit will bring together hundreds of civil society organizations demanding a common socio-environmental and climate agenda from the Brazilian government and the rest of the world. As next steps, we will expand this process and a calendar of struggles and activities will be published with a view to building unity in diversity.
We recognize the historical and existing processes of building popular convergence in the Pan-Amazon and solidarity among the people of the world in the face of the impacts of the climate crisis and that they do not reach everyone in the same way.
We live in a situation of great challenges in a context of current ecological, climatic and civilizational crisis. Faced with the advance of the extreme right in the world and contradictions that still persist among other political aspects, the climate debate is especially crucial from the point of view of building common struggles and for advancing the process of interconnections between social movements, networks and alliances of the civil society.
We will work over the next two years so that this Peoples’ Summit continues the historical processes of Latin American popular struggles and so that COP 30, which will take place in Brazil in 2025, is a milestone for confronting the profound socio-environmental inequality and structural racism that we experience and for the advancement of common policies to address the climate crisis.
Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (ABONG)
Articulation of Brazilian Women (AMB)
National Agroecology Articulation (ANA)
Amazon Agroecology Articulation (ANA Amazônia)
World Assembly for the Amazon (AMA)
National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado
Single Workers Central (CUT)
Black Coalition for Rights
National Commission for Strengthening Extractive Populations (CONFREM)
Brazilian Committee of Human Rights Defenders (CBDDH)
National Youth Council for Climate and Environment (CONJUCLIMA)
Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
National Coordination of Quilombos Coordination (CONAQ)
National Confederation of Family Farming Workers (CONTRAF)
National Confederation of Agricultural Workers (CONTAG)
Brazilian Front against the EU-Mercosur and EFTA-Mercosur Agreement
Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Mov for Environment and Development (FBOMS) Climate Change and Socio-Environmental Justice Forum (FMCJS)
Pan-Amazonian Social Forum (FOSPA)
Carta de Belém Group (GCB)
Amazon Working Group (GTA)
World March of Women (MMM) – Brazil
Escazu Brazil Movement
Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB)
Peasant Women’s Movement (MMC)
Small Farmers Movement (MPA)
Movement for Popular Sovereignty in Mining (MAM)
Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST)
Homeless Workers Movement (MTST)
Brazilian Environmental Justice Network (RBJA)
Brazilian Network for the Integration of Peoples (REBRIP)
Atlantic Forest Network
Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM)
National Network of Traditional Peoples and Communities (RNPCT)
Climate Observatory (OC)
National Union of Students of Brazil (UNE)
Teia Carta da Terra Brasil
Via Campesina Brazil
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Editing: Vivian Virissimo