25th September 2007: Standing before the United Nations General Assembly one day after the High Level Event on Climate Change, the President of Brazil proposed convening in 2012 a World Summit on the environment, twenty years after the landmark UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992.

Lula called for the Summit to address the persistent problem of global inequality, stressing that ‘social equity is our best weapon against the planet’s degradation’. He highlighted Brazil’s efforts to tackle deforestation, and stressed the emphasised the importance of social, labour and environmental standards for biofuels.

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