Izabella Teixeira

Izabella Teixeira was the Brazilian Minister of the Environment.[1]

Izabella Teixeira in 2010


She was born in Brasília, and has a master's degree in energy planning and a Ph.D. in environmental planning from COPPE/UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).[2]

Early careerEdit

In May 2010 she was appointed Minister of the Environment, and, in January 2011 she was reappointed to the position by Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's new President.[2][3]

Minister of the EnvironmentEdit

In October 2010 Teixeira made a statement on behalf of Brazil at the 10th conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, in which she outlined Brazil's view that the time for talking had stopped and that compromise may be required among the various nations in order to achieve actions.[4] She also spoke at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico.[5]

At home in Brazil, she successfully hosted the Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development) and the 2012 World Environment Day.[6]

On 24 September 2012, Teixeira was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.[7]



Teixeira is devoted to reversing the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, and achieved an 84 percent reduction in deforestation from 2004 to 2012, a "remarkable feat [that] is a tribute to her courage to push against the tide of destruction and is a significant initiative from Brazil on climate change mitigation". Her land-use planning policies saved 250,000 km2 of conservation areas—the equivalent of 75 percent of protected forests in the world.[6]

From August 2012 to July 2013, the rate of deforestation increased by 29% in the Amazônia Legal (Legal Amazon),[8] and from 2013 to 2014, it rose by 358%.[9] With Teixeira as Environment Minister, Brazil has also refused to sign the anti-deforestation pledge that aims to reduce deforestation by 2030, dealing a blow to the Climate Change summit that took place in New York in October 2014. “Unfortunately, we were not consulted,” Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told the Associated Press.[10]

2014 FIFA World CupEdit

On 24 May 2014, Teixeira announced a pollution-reducing initiative aimed at making the 2014 FIFA World Cup the most environmentally friendly ever by allowing companies to buy carbon credits in exchange for the right to advertise themselves as official “green seal” World Cup sponsors. In addition, along with the United Nations Environment Program, Teixeira launched a project called “green passport” that promoted sustainable tourism.[11]


  1. ^ "Izabella Teixeira (Brazil)". United Nations. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Izabella Teixeira". UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP). Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ Ana Nicolaci da Costa (16 December 2010). "Brazil incoming govt confirms another 3 ministers". Thomson Reuters Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ Zachary Shahan (28 October 2010). "Brazil's Minister of the Environment: "The time for talking is over. It is time for providing answers, solutions, actions."". EcoLocalizer. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  5. ^ Jim Efstathiou, Jr. (10 December 2010). "Brazil Says UN's Proposal on Kyoto Accord Text Sends Is Best You Get". Bloomberg.
  6. ^ a b "2013 Laureate – Policy Leadership (co-winner) Izabella Teixeira". United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  7. ^ UN Press Release (24 September 2012). "Secretary-General Appoints Izabella Teixeira of Brazil to His High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development Agenda".
  8. ^ http://www.wwf.org.br/natureza_brasileira/reducao_de_impactos2/amazonia/?41242/Desmatamento-na-Amaznia-cresceu-29-entre-2012-2013
  9. ^ http://oglobo.globo.com/sociedade/desmatamento-na-amazonia-sobe-358-em-apenas-1-ano-13321964
  10. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/climate-change-summit-brazil-refuses-to-sign-un-pledge-to-slow-deforestation-9751770.html
  11. ^ "Brazil Scores a Green Goal for the Football World Cup". Green Action News. 2 June 2014.