The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonarolisted the economic achievements of his nearly four years in office, defended his country’s environmental policy, called for a ceasefire in Ukraine and called for UN reform at the opening of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. Of course, he did not forget that he is in an electoral process and he underhandedly attacked Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, his main opponent.
In his address to the Assembly, Jair Bolsonaro He underlined his management in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He assured that his government had sought a balance between taking care of health and employment, and remarked that 80% of the population had been vaccinated, even with locally produced doses. In addition, the Brazilian head of state highlighted the emergency aid policy that was allocated to a third of the citizenry.
That way, He emphasized the modernization of the Brazilian economy and the improvement of all economic indicators, even with the crises that affect the entire planet. Therefore, the speech Jair Bolsonaro seemed more directed towards the interior of Brazil than its peers worldwide. This was most evident when he directly attacked his predecessors.
“In my government we eradicated the systemic corruption that existed in the country,” said the far-right leader, who exemplified the indebtedness that Petrobras had had between 2003 and 2015, “when the left ruled the country.” However, his mandate is far from freeing himself from corruption cases that are currently being investigated by the Justice.
As tradition dictates, the brazilian president He was the first to speak after the speech by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the General Assembly, Csaba Korösi. Both UN officials placed special emphasis on caring for the environment and the fight against climate change. Jair Bolsonarofor its part, is attacked internationally for its environmental policies regarding the Amazon.
For this reason, in his speech he remarked: “Regarding the defense of the environment and sustainable development, Brazil is part of the solution and a reference for the world”. In this sense, Bolsonaro He stressed that two thirds of the territory maintains its native vegetation and that 80% of the Brazilian Amazon forest, which has a size equivalent to Western Europe, remains intact, “contrary to what the international press says.”
Likewise, he called not to forget that 20 million people, including indigenous and riverside residents, live in this area and that they need some type of use of the forest to survive. On the other hand, he defended that Brazil has a “modern and sustainable” biofuel industry, something that contributes to his country having “the cleanest and most sustainable energy matrix of the G20 countries.”