At a meeting in Belém, Brazil, on 8-9 August, heads of state and foreign ministers gathered to discuss how to take a cooperative approach to a range of issues, including forest protection, climate change, Indigenous rights and cross-border crime.

Among the headline statements of the so-called Belém Declaration were a recognition that the Amazon is approaching a “tipping point”, a call for developed nations to fulfil their existing pledges for climate and biodiversity finance, and a pledge to protect the rights and territories of Indigenous peoples.

Leaders from several other rainforest nations joined the summit on the second day, producing a second declaration, called “United for Our Forests”, which largely echoed the first declaration’s concerns on non-fulfilment of funding obligations.

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