UN confirms Madrid as new location for climate summit

BERLIN (AP) - The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid after the previous host, Chile, canceled on short notice, officials said Friday. The UN climate chief, Patricia Espinosa, said that the representatives of the organization that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain's offer to organize it in the country's capital from December 2 to 13. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera had announced Wednesday that he was canceling plans to organize the meeting, as well as a of the leaders of Asia and the Pacific, to focus on restoring security in their country after weeks of protests in which at least a dozen people have died. The office of the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, offered to intervene on short notice on Thursday, sending delegates from around the world to fight to change their travel plans. Among those who planned to attend the conference in Chile was the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whose climate protests have helped inspire tens of thousands of young people mostly out on the streets demanding greater efforts from world leaders. The teenager made a high profile crossing from England to New York by sailboat earlier this year and planned to travel by land to Santiago to speak at the meeting. Thunberg refuses to fly due to the large carbon footprint of aviation. After the transfer to Madrid was confirmed on Friday, Thunberg requested help. It turns out that I have traveled the world, on the wrong path, tweeted. Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November ..., he added. If someone could help me find transportation, I would be very grateful. Thunberg expressed regret for not being able to visit Central and South America as planned, saying he had been hoping to do so. But, of course, it's not about me, my experiences or the place I want to travel to. We are in a climate and ecological emergency, he said. It was not immediately clear at what scale the conference will be held in Madrid. Last year's climate conference in Katowice, Poland, was attended by more than 20,000 people. The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP25, is intended to solve some of the pending problems to be resolved on the standards that countries must follow in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The meetings have also become a place for countries to announce new initiatives to respond to global warming. ___ Follow AP's full coverage on climate change issues at https://www.apnews.com/Climate This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)