Belém - PA
Belém, also known as Belém do Pará, is a Brazilian municipality and the capital of the state of Pará, situated in the Northern Region of the country. Those born in the state are called "Paraenses," while those born in Belém are called "Belenenses." The city was founded on January 12, 1616. Belém has acquired the characteristics of a port city and serves as a regional and commercial hub, acting as a gateway to the Amazon Region. In addition to being selected as one of the capitals to host G20 activities, Belém has been confirmed as the venue for the 30th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-30), scheduled for November 2025.
Belém has a territorial area of 1,059.466 km², and its history dates back to 1615 when the Portuguese crown planned to conquer new land in the Amazon River valley, leading to the arrival of many foreign families in Belém. The capital of Pará features museums, palaces, monuments, and mansions that are national heritage, including 42 islands forming the archipelago of Belém. Exploring the metropolis is a journey into the history, culture, and customs of Brazil. The Cidade Velha district is the birthplace of Belém, with the first construction being the Forte do Presépio, built in 1616.
One of the main sources of livelihood for many families is açaí, a purple fruit from a common palm tree in the Amazon region. The scents and flavors that define life in Belém come together at the Ver-o-peso market, considered one of the largest open-air markets in Latin America, with almost 400 years of history. Its significant architectural and landscape ensemble is one of the most famous and recognized tourist attractions in Brazil and Latin America. The beaches of Rio Tapajós and Marajó Island are also popular destinations.
The Círio de Nazaré is a Catholic festival celebrating Our Lady of Nazaré, Queen of the Amazon. The procession gathers thousands of people yearly in Belém, making it the largest religious festival in Brazil.
The climate of Pará is the humid equatorial climate, marked by heat. The hydrography of Pará is defined by the rivers of the Amazon Basin, including the Amazon River itself, which flows through the state and empties into the Atlantic Ocean on Marajó Island. Pará has one of the greatest diversities of indigenous peoples in Brazil, and their influences remain deeply rooted in the region's culture.
The Belém International Airport connects the capital to domestic and international destinations, serving a flow of approximately 3 million people per year.
G20 Events in Belém
Sustainable Finance WG - July 9th and 10th, 2024 - Technical meeting of the Finance Track coordinated by the Ministry of Finance + Brazilian Central Bank
WG Tourism - September 19th and 20th, 2024 - Sherpas Trail technical meeting coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism
WG Tourism - September 21, 2024 - Sherpas Trail technical meeting coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism