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On the 20th of August, Brazil and Germany pledged strong bilateral cooperation on climate action with national leaders Angela Merkel and Dilma Roussef releasing a joint statement to affirm their support for the conclusion of an ambitious climate agreement at the Paris COP21 in December.

The two largest economies in Europe are now on the same diplomatic page in the lead up to the Paris Summit, with both countries sharing a clear long-term vision for the decarbonisation of the global economy:

“[Germany and Brazil] share the long-term vision of holding the increase in global average temperature below 2°C above preindustrial levels, which entails a transition towards energy systems based on renewable energies and the decarbonization of the global economy in the course of the century

Whilst underlining the importance of climate finance, both leaders emphasised the need for all countries – both developed and developing – to raise their level of ambition on climate action.

Track 0 welcomes the Germany-Brazil announcement and supports the strong political leadership displayed by both countries.

The statement has received widespread coverage, particularly on the long-term goal:

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