Chile canceled the next World Conference on Climate Change in December and the Asia-Pacific Summit in November due to serious protests. The head of state, Sebastián Piñera, said Wednesday in Santiago de Chile that the government should primarily focus on pacification and the preparation of reforms that meet the requirements of the protest wave.
The Climate Summit was to take place from December 2nd to 13th in the Chilean capital. When looking for an alternative, the eyes also turn to Germany – more precisely to Bonn.
The annual meetings of climate diplomats serve to promote the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. Last year, more than 20,000 participants visited the Polish city of Katowice, including many heads of state and government. State Secretary for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, wrote on Twitter that he was in touch with the UN secretariat on climate change and the Polish presidency of the previous conference on change climate change to discuss the situation. The UN climate chief, Espinosa, said that they were exploring alternatives.
The United Nations Climate Secretariat is based in Bonn. In 2017, the city hosted the summit as a substitute. It was chaired by the small island state of the Pacific, Fiji, but it would have been difficult to accommodate so many people. At that time, however, the planning was long. It was not initially expected that Wednesday would fall on a decision on a replacement site.
"The federal government must now step in and align the climate conference to be held at the UN headquarters in Bonn," asked Ann-Kathrin Schneider at the BUND Environmental Organization. The implementation of the Paris Agreement must be ensured despite the rejection. The vice-president of the FDP's parliamentary group, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, also asked: "The federal government must now show that it is serious in terms of climate protection and therefore wants to organize the conference in Germany as soon as possible ".
Müller advocates another cycle
Development Minister Gerd Müller took advantage of the refusal to promote his suggestion to hold climate conferences only every two years. The cancellation was regrettable, but it was also an opportunity to think about the format, said the CSU politician of the German press agency. "We can not be aware that every year, 20,000 people roam the globe for 14 days." His suggestion: "At high-level meetings, meetings are held only every two years." In the meantime, experts should work regularly on smaller formats. ,
Chilean President Piñera told the Government House, Casa de la Moneda, that the government "has faced the difficult circumstances that our country has experienced in recent weeks," the Asia-Pacific Summit (APEC) in November and the Conference on Climate Change (COP 25) in December not to organize. Even as he spoke, protesters gathered nearby to attend a mass rally.
The final of the Copa Libertadores, the first South American football division, is scheduled to take place in Santiago de Chile on November 23rd. If Flamengo Rio de Janeiro and defending champion River Plate Buenos Aires can play as planned, remained open initially.
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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced that on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Summit on November 16 and 17, he wanted to sign a partial agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the trade dispute between the two most big savings. What the rejection of the summit means for the timing of trade negotiations between the two countries, if Trump and Xi could eventually meet elsewhere, and if so, when and where, was not clear at first. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev should also be present.
Events have been taking place in Chile for two good weeks. The trigger was a relatively small increase in local transport prices – but the people of the South American country quickly expressed anger at low wages and pensions, high cost of living, and uneven distribution of wealth. Friday, 1.2 million people took to the streets in Santiago de Chile.
Repeated acts of violence and vandalism took place and security forces repressed the protesters. There were dead, wounded and thousands of arrests. Because of the riots, the government imposed a curfew for more than ten days, but suspended it on Monday. (AP)