UN says COP25 climate talks will take place in Spain in December

epa07235006 UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary Patricia Espinosa during a press conference summing up the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice, 16 December 2018. The COP (Conference of the Parties) summit is the highest body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Expected at the meeting are close to 30,000 delegates from all over the world, including government leaders and ministers responsible for environmental policy. EPA-EFE/ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL POLAND OUT

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The United Nations global climate meeting next month, known as COP25, will take place in Madrid after previous host Chile canceled at short notice.

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain’s offer to host it in the country’s capital Dec. 2-13.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera had announced Wednesday that he was cancelling plans to host the meeting, as well as a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, to focus on restoring security in his country following weeks of protests in which at least a dozen people have died.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s office offered to step in at short notice Thursday, sending delegates from around the world scrambling to change their travel plans.

 

COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice
 UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary Patricia Espinosa during a press conference summing up the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice, 16 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL 

Via France 24

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