Despite multiple crises, Brazil signs the Paris climate agreement

Following Brazil’s decision to sign the Paris Agreement, the battle now shifts to persuading lawmakers that early ratification of the agreement and accompanying transition to a low-carbon economy represent an opportunity to build prosperity rather than a constraint.

BRICS Analysis: Climate Finance and INDC commitments

Alice Amorim briefly analyzes the Finance and Means of Implementation sections of the Brics’ UNFCCC INDCs shows the nuances of their approaches to this topic and allows interesting comparisons. The analysis shows clearly that there was no substantive alignment between them on a commonly grounded contribution profile or even a shared narrative or strategy beyond reinforcing CBDR-RC. When Russia is considered among them, any common arrangement seems to be null.

The BRICS on the road of COP21

Alice Amorim and the team of BRICS Policy Center introduce the main concepts that involve the debate that will take place in COP21, December this year. They also describe and analyze the —Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of each of the BRICS and it’s consequences for the climate change debate. Read more.

Religious Diplomacy: a game changer for the climate negotiations?


This week, the speeches Pope Francis did during his visit to the United States, including at the opening of UN’s General Assembly, confirmed his position of spokesperson and political actor of the climate change cause.

Since the release of the encyclical Laudato Sí in the beginning of the year, the message […]

Brazil’s Climate Plan: A positive and surprising signal for a successful outcome in Paris


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Brazil´s climate plan for 2030 as a contribution to the new climate agreement to be signed in Paris later this year. Following the President´s speech, Brazil has committed to an unconditional economy-wide emissions reduction target of 37% and 42% by 2025 and 2030 respectively, adopting […]

Brazil-USA Climate Statement: In the right direction, but little ambition in sight

In an article published in Nivela, Alice Amorim analyzes the Joint Statement on Climate Change that resulted from meeting between president Dilma Rousseff and US president, Barack Obama, on June, 3oth. Although reaffirming the Brazilian government’s commitment towards reaching an ambitious and legally binding agreement during the COP21 in Paris, from the point of view of the […]

The SDGs and climate change: a chance to join the dots

Ana Toni analyzes the synergies between the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UNFCCC climate change negotiations that are happening in 2015. She argues that there are many opportunities to connect these agendas and that the philanthropic sector has a crucial role to play in shaping the sustainable development debates. 

Brazil as an International Actor: Drivers for development cooperation

Mariella Di Ciommo and Alice Amorim map the landscape the development cooperation debate in Brazil and present the key demands of national stakeholders to improve the country’s international engagement.

Emerging donors should contribute to the post-2015 agenda and improve transparency

Mariella Di Ciommo presents data on development cooperation from emerging providers with a focus on Brazil. Analyzing the main goal of the post -2015 agenda Mariella suggests that more transparency and synergy with other resources can strengthen the role of emerging providers in eradicating poverty globally.

Sustentabilidade no Período Pós-Eleições no Brasil: Novas Condições, Velhos Modelos?

Ana Toni e Alice Amorim analisam o contexto político brasileiro após as eleições de 2014, discutindo os grandes desafios políticos, econômicos e climáticos em 2015. [...]