RIO DE JANEIRO (TNZT) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday reiterated his willingness to advance negotiations to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, calling for a ceasefire but waiving sanctions and economic isolation. .
“We have tried to block the channels of dialogue caused by the polarization surrounding the conflict,” Bolsonaro said during a speech at the UN General Assembly. “The effects of the conflict are already being felt in world prices for food, fuel and other supplies. This impact puts us all against the goals of sustainable development.”
The Brazilian president noted how some countries that were once leaders in low carbon emissions have now switched to more polluting energy sources.
Bolsonaro was the first world leader to speak during the debate on the first day of the meeting. US President Joe Biden was traditionally scheduled to speak second, but his time was shifted to Wednesday due to the Queen’s funeral.
The far-right leader, who wants to be re-elected next month, also used his speech to promote the merits of his government. His speech focused heavily on the economy, starting with the generous welfare program distributed to millions of Brazilians during the pandemic and recently extended until December.
“Despite the global crisis, Brazil reached the end of 2022 with an economy in full recovery,” Bolsonaro said, highlighting falling unemployment and disinflation in Latin America’s largest country.
Critics of his administration chide his claims that poverty is on the decline, or that most of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest remains pristine.
According to the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a university and think tank, recent studies show that food insecurity has increased and now exceeds the global average.
And deforestation is at its worst in 15 years. That led to more fires in August than any month in nearly five years, according to Brazil’s National Space Institute.
Bolsonaro also took a look at his main rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is leading all polls to return to the presidency he held between 2003 and 2010. Bolsanaro pointed to da Silva’s convictions for money laundering and corruption, without saying they were later quashed by the Supreme Court.