Several non-government organizations (NGOs) focused on environmental issues Wednesday launched an accusation against the government of Brazil for violating international treaties and devastating the Amazon.
In a letter to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General head Angel Gurría and Mathias Cormann, who is to succeed him on June 1, the NGOs pressed from Brazil's exclusion from that body.
”Giving a vote of confidence to the Brazilian government would be a harsh message (...) it would perpetuate offenses against international norms on climate protection such as the Paris Agreement, the letter read.
The note is endorsed by 61 NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWW Brazil, Amazon Cooperation Network, Juste Foreign Policy, and the Socio-environmental Institute.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has often criticized the Paris Agreement for considering it a violation of national sovereignty and expressed his intention to denounce that pact.
The Brazilian government deconstructed various councils that guarantee social participation, such as the National Environment Council, and sought to obstruct access to information on problems such as deforestation, the note said.
Since 2019, when Bolsonaro came to power, deforestation rates in the forest skyrocketed, according to the National Institute for Space Research, whose director was fired.
Bolsonaro formally applied to join the OECD and promised to comply with the guidelines established by the organization in economic, commercial, and environmental matters.
The letter, which recommends rejecting Brazil's application, blames the South American country's government for the increase in deforestation in the Amazon, where burning destroyed 11,085 km2 in 2020, approximately 100 times the area of Paris where OECD has its headquarters”.
Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are the only Latin American countries already accepted into the OECD.