İrem Uzun -TDO- The Spanish government offered to hold the UN’s annual circus of thousands of diplomats, politicians, campaigners, journalists and business leaders in its capital on Thursday, following Chile’s announcement it could no longer be the venue.
Less than 24 hours after the announcement was made public, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera said on Thursday that Spain’s care-taker Socialist Party (PSOE) government had offered to host COP25, which is set to take place between December 2 and 13. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the event, including representatives from the governments, NGOs and businesses from scores of different countries. On Friday, the UN issued a brief statement confirming that Madrid would be the new host city for the event.
Since there is only one month to plan the summit, it will be an organizational challenge. Spain has never hosted a climate summit before, but despite the short time frame, government sources are confident they will be able to organize the event by December. The event comes while Spain prepares for a general election on November 10.