Brazil’s ministry of environment, being under pressure from a key political ally, announced that it would host the UN’s Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week in Salvador in August.
In a statement published on Sunday, the ministry said it had changed its mind about cancelling the event after talks with the mayor of Salvador Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto.
Neto is also the president of DEM, a right-wing party aligned with the government which controls important ministries, such as agriculture, and the presidency of the congress’ lower chamber.
Last week, the minister of environment Ricardo Salles said the climate week event would be cancelled, complaining that attendees would waste the time and resources on tourism. The mayor used social media to criticise the decision and offered to host the summit, which will gather diplomats from across the continent, without federal support.
“As a mayor, I’m very happy to help bring another big event to our city. Salvador is ready to welcome UN officials, researchers and other participants”, tweeted Magalhães Neto.
The ministry of environment released a statement that it would participate, together with the ministry of foreign affairs, in all events leading up to the UN’s COP26 climate meeting, holding in Chile later this year. Brazil also rejected to host COP26 earlier.