Brazil withdraws offer to host UN conference on climate change

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Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host the COP25 United Nations climate conference next year citing budget constraints and presidential transition.

The country’s foreign ministry said that the decision comes after much consideration with the current financial and budgetary restrictions and the process of transition for the recently elected administration therefore, the need to rescind its offer to host the event.

The move came just days before the start of COP24, this year’s annual climate conference, being held in Poland’s Katowice city. COP25 was due to take place from November 11 to 22, 2019.

Earlier, the newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro, threatened to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate accord.

The president elect had also vowed to remove restrictions on the agri-business sector accused of causing untold devastation to the environment, in particular, the Amazon rainforest.