Environmentalists and observers have been barred from UN climate talks in Madrid after a protest inside the conference. Around 200 climate campaigners were ejected after staging a sit in, preventing access to one of the negotiating halls. Protesters said they were “pushed, bullied and touched without consent.” In the wake of the disruption all other observers were then barred from the talks. Observers play an important role in the talks, representing civil society. They are allowed to sit in on negotiations and have access to negotiators on condition that they do not reveal the contents of those discussions.
BBC 12th Dec 2019 read more »
Tiempo de Actuar, or Time for Action is the theme of this COP. It is a fitting theme on many levels. The calibre of action shown by Spain, Chile and UN Climate Change to deliver this COP seamlessly in a matter of weeks is truly remarkable. It is a testament to the urgency of the job before us all. The scientific evidence presented in recent weeks has only heightened this urgency. The world is getting hotter and more dangerous faster than we ever thought possible. Irreversible tipping points are within sight and hurtling towards us. As the logo for COP25 suggests, it is five minutes to midnight in the global climate emergency. Carbon pollution must stop rising in 2020 and start falling to keep the Paris Agreement goals within realistic reach.
UN Secretary General 11th Dec 2019 read more »