COP25: UN climate conference to tackle global challenges

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More than 50 high-ranking authorities are expected to attend the 12-day conference from December 2 to 13.

As alarm bells ring ever louder worldwide over climate change, some 25,000 delegates will meet for the next two weeks in Spain for COP25, the annual United Nations international conference on a global challenge that shows little signs of being resolved.

Last Monday, a World Meteorological Organisation report indicated that greenhouse gas concentrations rose again in 2018, with carbon dioxide levels hitting 407.8 parts per million, a new record in human history.

COP25 begins on Monday in a trade fair park in the Spanish capital, Madrid, days after the European Union collectively declared a “climate emergency”, echoing a joint, equally grim crisis warning issued in early November by more than 11,000 scientists from 150 countries.