Brazil says it will host COP30 in 2025 in Amazon region

Brazil's government has announced that the 2025 UN conference on climate change, known as COP30, will be held in Belem in the Amazon region.

Belem is a major city of 1.5 million people near the mouth of the Amazon River in the country's north. It will be Brazil's first time to host the UN climate conference.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in a video call on Friday that the Amazon was widely discussed at every COP conference he has taken part in.

He added that he wanted his country to host the conference so that people can see and get to know the Amazon and its tropical rainforest.

As president-elect, Lula had expressed a willingness to host a COP conference at the COP27 in November, 2022, in Egypt.

Two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. Deforestation accelerated under Lula's predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, who promoted development over conservation.

Deforestation is so far down 40 percent from the same period last year since Lula took office in January.

Lula apparently hopes to demonstrate to the international community his administration's commitment to conserving the Amazon and its rainforest.