Leaders arrive in Madrid as climate summit begins
Dateline: 2 December 2019 - Madrid
Date: 12/02/2019 08:35 AM
CORRECTION: CLIENTS PLEASE NOTE SHOT 3 HAS BEEN AMENDED TO 'SPANISH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TERESA RODRIGUEZ ARRIVING'. IT DOES NOT SHOW CANADIAN DEPUTY PM CHRYSTIA FREELAND, AS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN++
Madrid - 2 December 2019
1. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arriving for COP25 climate conference
2. New European Council President Charles Michel arriving
3. Spanish Environment Minister Teresa Rodriguez arriving
4. New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arriving
5. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen arriving
6. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arriving
World leaders were arriving on Monday for the start of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid that seeks to step up efforts to stop global warming.
The UN is warning that the efforts so far are insufficient to overcome the “point of no return” in climate change.
The summit, which moved to the Spanish capital after Chile had to pull out amid anti-government protests, aims to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord.
That involves creating a functioning international emissions-trading system and compensating poor countries for losses they suffer from rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.