COP25 Madrid | 2 to 13 December 2019
A tumultuous start
First set to be held in Brazil, then Chile and now in Spain, the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) has gotten off to a rocky start. Brazil, the original host in South America, withdrew the offer to host COP25 shortly before the start of COP24 at the end of November 2018 at the insistence of then President-elect Jair Bolsonaro "due to financial bottlenecks and the imminent change of government". Chile became the host country after Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt issued a formal invitation towards the end of COP24. On 30 October 2019, Chile backed out due to civil unrest and Spain then stepped in to save the event, but will it be enough to save the planet?
Certainly not, but there is hope that COP25 will help world leaders take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP24 in Poland last year, a key objective will be to the full opertionalisation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
As always, Climate Alliance will be present, showcasing the importance of the local level in Europe and aboard in climate action. Learn more below!