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Chile rejects climate summit due to protests | TIME ONLINE

Chiles President Sebastián Piñera canceled the United Nations Conference on Climate Change due to civil unrest. After more than 10 days of partly violent protests against social and economic inequality, his government has given up organizing the COP25 climate conference and the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (Apec) summit, Piñera said. It was an "extremely painful" decision, said the conservative leader. The Apec summit is scheduled to take place on 16 and 17 November and the UN conference from 2 to 13 December in the capital, Santiago de Chile.

The protests were triggered by rising metro prices. Some protesters call for better health care, higher wages, good pensions and better access to education.

Chile – Mass riot in protest against the government
For days, thousands of people in Chile have been protesting social injustice. Protesters attacked armored vehicles, police used tear gas.
© Photo: Ailen Diaz

The federal government promotes Bonn as a site

As a result of Chile's rejection, the German Federal Government for the Environment and Nature Protection (Bund) called on the federal government to take the initiative. "The climate summit has to be organized as quickly as possible and it would be good for the federal government to propose to Bonn, as it did three years ago, to put Bonn in the UN. It would be very easy to organize such a conference in a short time, "said federal climate expert Ann-Kathrin Schneider

At the climate summit, countries should improve their national climate protection plans and revise the trading of emission rights. "These are crucial questions for the implementation and improvement of the Paris climate agreement and we can not wait there," Schneider said.

Development Minister wants climate conference every two years

Development Minister Gerd Müller once again campaigned after the rejection, with climate conferences taking place only every two years. The cancellation was regrettable, but it was also an opportunity to think about the format, said the CSU politician. "It can not be up to date that every year 20,000 people travel to the other end of the world for 14 days." Suggestion of Müller: "At a high level, meetings only take place every two years." In the meantime, experts should work regularly in smaller formats.

The Foreign Office in Berlin had issued a warning to Chile because of the demonstrations. Travelers have been called to special care. Public places and crowds must be avoided, this could provoke new riots, especially in big cities.

Brazil originally wanted to host the 25th United Nations Conference on Climate Change. However, at the end of November 2018, the Brasilia government announced that it was abandoning the host role, due to tense budget situation. According to critics, the context was above all the imminent taking office of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, known for his skepticism about climate change.