In an unprecedented announcement, COP25 has been relocated to Madrid after being postponed for a short time by host country Chile.
On Friday, more than one million people filled the streets of Santiago, bringing the capital city to a halt, including closing the metro system where fee increases sparked outrage. Dozens of civilians have been killed by the militarized response to protests in the past weeks, echoing earlier generations of conflict.
While this decision impacts Climate Generation’s Window Into COP25 programming and partner delegations, we stand in solidarity with our international partners. Together, we call on President Piñera to end military violence and support the calls coming from Chilean communities. We hope this announcement enables a focus on a safe resolution without the pressures of the international spotlight as communities fight for justice and dignity. Through our network, we are in communication both with partners on the ground and with the UN Secretariat and international organizers.
Pending more details from the UNFCCC on what this unprecedented announcement will mean for climate negotiations, they may choose to relocate or postpone the COP as they pursue alternate hosting options. This comes after Chile had already stepped in to host COP25 when Brazilian President Bolsonaro cancelled their original commitment to host when elected in 2018. Costa Rica recently held pre-COP discussions as Chile gave all assurances to continue the event despite growing unrest.
Chile is also suspending the preceding APEC summit, highlighting how global trade plays into the disparities at the root of this unrest and shared source of the climate crisis. At the same time, the US is preparing to withdraw from the Paris Agreement entirely, at odds with public demand for bold and urgent action on climate change from a local to global scale.
These events highlight the need for intersectional solutions to climate change across social, economic, and environmental justice. Our global commitment to reduce emissions and maintain a stable climate must be met with a global commitment to stable governments and just communities that can withstand increasing social and economic pressures that climate change brings. Centering human rights in our global vision for a resilient future will ensure that our communities are safe, healthy, and strong especially as we depend more and more on each other in the face of a changing and unreliable climate.
The urgency of global climate action is inextricably linked to the urgency of justice. We need to build new systems and infrastructures that do not depend on the exploitation of people or the planet. Solidarity across intersections is required to create the future we need.