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Friday 25th May
Avaaz: Dilma Fails Global Climate Leadership Test
As a result of huge global pressure, President Dilma announced she will remove some of the most controversial parts of the Forest Code, but Avaaz argue that she failed a litmus test of global climate leadership by not using her full veto.
Avaaz presented its petition signed by 2.1 million people yesterday (Thursday) to Gleisi Hoffmann (Chief of Staff), Gilberto Carvalho (Cabinet Minister), Izabella Teixeira (Environment Minister).
Minister of Institutional Relations Ideli Salvatti said that the strength of public opinion prevented Dilma from passing the Code that was approved by Congress.  
Emma Ruby-Sachs, Campaign Director said: 
"Public pressure has forced Dilma to ditch some of the most controversial parts of the Forest law, but she failed to silence the chainsaws and establish her climate credentials ahead of Rio+20. Today the power of two million people has shielded the Amazon from an unprecedented massacre, but the fight to protect the rainforest will continue.”
For further information, please contact Pedro Vieira Abramovay +55 21 92715471