President Dilma Rousseff is set to fly to New York to take part in the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. Her flight is slated for Thursday (Apr. 21) and the president is expected to return to Brazil on Friday. Rousseff's absence leads Michel Temer to serve as acting president during her trip.
In her speech in New York, Rousseff is expected to talk about the political crisis and the impeachment proceedings under deliberation in the Senate.
During an interview with foreign correspondents at the Planalto presidential palace, Rousseff once again criticized vice-President Michel Temer and lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha for plotting against her mandate. She also stated that Brazil has “a dormant coup-mongering vein,” and that no president after the country became a democracy once again was free from an impeachment attempt in Congress. As second in line, the vice-president steps up as the leader of the executive in the absence of the official head of state.
The deal was signed December in Paris, during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. After 13 days of debate, representatives from 195 countries reached a global deal on the issue for the first time in history.
The Paris Agreement limits the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of a global fund of $100 billion, to be financed by rich countries as of 2020, aimed at bringing global warming to a halt at 1.5ºC.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.