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Madrid to host UN Climate Change talks in December

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Three days after the Chilean Government pulled out of the United Nations summit scheduled to take place in December due to social unrest, Spain’s capital, Madrid has been announced as the alternative venue.

The Spanish government offered to hold the UN’s annual circus of thousands of diplomats, politicians, campaigners, journalists and business leaders to douse the tension generated by the suspension.

Spain’s socialist prime minister made the offer to his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Piñera, who gratefully accepted.

The decision to change venues ultimately lay with the UN Cop bureau, a 12-member panel of climate diplomats drawn from across the world. They met yesterday and accepted Spain’s offer.

Diplomats hope the talks can resolve a stalemate over how carbon credits can be traded between countries. This has proved a politically contentious matter, with Brazil pushing a solution that other countries fear would undermine the 2015 Paris Agreement by flooding the system with credits that don’t result in emissions cuts.

Earlier, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, had acknowledged the offer by the Government of Spain to host the conference also known as 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25).

She said: “The Government of Chile, as incoming Presidency, has informed me that they received a generous offer of support from the Government of Spain to hold the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid on the same dates as originally planned.

“It is encouraging to see countries working together in the spirit of multilateralism to address climate change, the biggest challenge facing this and future generations.”

For 350.org Executive Director, May Boeve, “the climate talks must now move forward with a new focus on public participation and human rights. We need a People’s Climate Talks. For far too long, this process has prioritised the voices of big business and corporate polluters.

“The UN should kick the fossil fuel industry out of the climate talks and make more space for the voices of the people. Only then can we begin to develop real solutions to this joint crisis of inequality, injustice and climate emergency.”


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