18 Dec 2017
Our Brazil Regional Office hosts COP 23 debate in Bonn tackling sustainability issues in Brazil

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme was represented at the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany – joining thousands of delegates from around the world to take forward the landmark Paris agreement (at COP21 in 2015) – the first truly global deal to tackle climate change.

Professor Patricia Iglecias, Co-Director of our Regional Office (Brazil) and Superintendent of Environmental Affairs in the University of São Paulo lead a debate at this critical international gathering on strategies and research to fulfil Brazil’s National Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce emissions by 37 percent by 2025, with an indicative cut of 43 percent by 2030.

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) brought together representatives of more than 190 nations for two weeks to advance the regulation of the Paris Accord, an effort in which countries pledge to do their part to contain the rising global average temperature.

The event took place on 7th November in the Brazilian Pavillion, Bonn Zone coordinated by Patrícia Iglecias and hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP) (Campus Butantã), about the issues in energy, sustainable cities and solid waste management and how the Cities Programme Regional Office (Brazil) can contribute to link academia, private and public sector to address these important global challenges.

According to Patrícia, the COP 23 results were far from the desired outcomes, especially with the USA cutting funding to American companies. She said “one important result from COP23 was the alliance for decarbonisation in the transport sector, as this sector contributes high emissions”.

Professor André Simões, from Arts and Humanities School of USP presented important research about the impact of Brazil´s biofuel program and carbon intensification of the electrical grid on subnational green house gas emissions.

The research was done in the western metropolitan region of the São Paulo City analysing the impacts of two federal policies that influences cities emissions.

Ana Carolina Famá, PhD Candidate from the Environmental Science Programme, USP, focused in challenges related to SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), specifically in solid waste management – a big issue to Brazil as inadequate waste disposal is around 41 percent.

See the presentation Governance Towards Brazilian NDC – Linking Academia, Private and Public Sectors presented at COP 23 for more information.