COP25 begins today (Monday) in Spain, in a trade fair park in the Spanish capital, Madrid, days after the European Union collectively declared a “climate emergency.”
“In the crucial 12 months ahead, it is essential that we secure more ambitious national commitments- particularly from the main emitters-to immediately start reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a pace consistent to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050” – UN Secretary General António Guterres.
The alarm bells are ringing louder than ever worldwide over climate change.
Some 25,000 delegates will gather for the next two weeks in Spain for COP25, the annual United Nations international conference on a global challenge that sadly shows little signs of being resolved.
A World Meteorological Organization report recently published has indicated, according to Business Insider, that greenhouse gas concentrations rose again in 2018, with carbon dioxide levels hitting 407.8 parts per million, a new record in human history.
The 197 parties that make up the treaty will strive to reach an agreement on measures to be taken.
The event aims to bring together as many as 25,000 people from 200 countries in the fight against climate change. It is the twenty-fifth conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
According to the UN, global temperatures are expected to increase by 3.4 to 3.9ºC this century, leading to destructive climate impacts.
Euro Weekly News confirms that the UN has stressed that not enough is being done to meet the three climate goals: reduce emissions 45 per cent by 2030, achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and stabilize global temperature rise at 1.5ºC by the end of the century.