Is a Decolonial Climate Foreign Policy Even Possible?

Perspectives From the Brazilian Amazon

12 Jun 2023
09:00 - 10:00 AM AMT/Amazon Time | 10:00 - 11:00 AM BRT/Brasília Time | 03:00 - 04:00 PM CEST/Central European Summer Time
online via Zoom

The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report acknowledged that colonisation is one of the drivers of the climate crisis. As a result, the decolonisation perspective is central to the global response to climate change. Colonial legacies and unequal power relations between countries continue to shape international cooperation and influence how climate policy is conducted.

Although Germany's commitment is recognized by a wide variety of actors in Brazil, there is still a certain mistrust of the actual interests of these projects and initiatives. How can Germany strengthen its partnership with Brazil regarding environmental and climate issues? How is this perceived by local stakeholders and activists? What would a decolonised approach in this international cooperation look like?

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Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco, photo: private

Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco

Musician and consultant

Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco is a Brazilian percussionist and consultant working across cultural, creative and international cooperation sectors. Holding an MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy from Furtwangen University, Germany, Pedro’s areas of expertise include culture and sustainable development, decolonial perspectives in international cooperation and the intersection between arts, culture, and climate.

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Marina Caetano

German Chancellor Fellow

Marina Caetano studied international relations and did her Master's in sustainable development. Since then, she has been working on the social, environmental and climate agenda in various projects. In Brazil, she worked for the Instituto Talanoa and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. As part of the German Chancellor Fellowship, she is investigating the role of German international development cooperation in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Thomas Fatheuer

Social scientist, consultant, author

Dr Thomas Fatheuer is a social scientist, consultant, author and staff member of the Research and Documentation Centre Chile-Latin America (FDCL). He has lived and worked in Brazil for 18 years and was, among other things, coordinator of the Amazon Programme of the German Development Service and advisor to the GIZ in the Brazilian Ministry of Environment in the framework of an international programme for the protection of tropical forests (PPG-7). From 2003 to 2010, he headed the office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ursula Vidal

Secretary of Culture of the State of Pará

Ursula Vidal is a journalist, filmmaker, political activist for environmental sustainability and Secretary of Culture of Pará. She is the Climate Reality Leader of The Climate Reality Project, promoted by the Al Gore Foundation. She was a fellow of the Lemann Foundation, the Political Action Network for Sustainability (RAPS) and Renova BR, the largest schools focused on training new political leaders in Brazil. Moved by the social and environmental problems of Belém, she ran for the mayor candidacy of Belém in 2016 despite a lack of resources.

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