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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

On climate change, leaders highlighted the importance for the EU and Brazil to work together bilaterally and in the UNFCCC process for greater international cooperation to achieve an ambitious, and comprehensive outcome of the multilateral negotiations engaging all countries through a balanced effort that respects common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, with a view to holding global average temperature within 2°C above pre-industrial levels. They reinforced climate change cooperation by formally launching a self-standing EU-Brazil Climate Change Dialogue.

The Summit outlined energy as one of the building blocks of the EU-Brazil partnership. Leaders stressed that: the EU and Brazil are leading global efforts on the use of renewable energy sources; they are holding regular exchanges on bioenergy; and stable and transparent energy markets, and energy access and sustainability are crucial elements for global economic growth. They agreed to reinforce cooperation in the multilateral context, namely within the G20, the Global Bioenergy Partnership, and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation.

On Rio+20, leaders underlined: the importance of employment and the social dimension of globalization, and the opportunities for growth that may be created by the progressive development of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. [EU Press Release]