Responding to the news that the Chilean government has withdrawn from hosting COP25 scheduled for 2-13 December in Santiago, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice said:
“We express our concern over the unfortunate news that the Chilean government has decided to withdraw from hosting the annual UN climate talks (COP25) due to start in a few weeks. Urgent climate action is inextricably linked to social vulnerability, environmental justice and a just transition. We express our solidarity with the people of Chile and appreciation to all Chileans and others worldwide who had been working very hard to make COP25 a success.
“We expect a fast response from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat. We hope that in this time of climate crisis, they will soon announce updated plans for COP25, so that we continue with all efforts to urgently move the world to a net zero pathway.
“We encourage world leaders to continue to support the process and show it by stepping up their own country pledges to ensure an extremely ambitious 2020.”