Chile Government cancels climate summit

By Agencies
November 1, 2019

The government of Chile has decided not to host the UN Climate Change Summit in December 2019 following weeks of social unrest. Responding to the decision, Dr Alejandro González, Christian Aid’s Senior Advisor on Climate Change for Latin American Countries, said: “Christian Aid regrets the circumstances that have led to the suspension of COP25 in Santiago de Chile. The climate emergency is real and all our efforts to take action now must be a priority. The fact that this COP would be held in Latin America and the Caribbean would have given us an excellent opportunity to discuss the challenges the region has in the face of an unfair system that deepens climate change effects while driving profound inequalities.

"The protests in Chile are an important reminder that transformation must be undertaken to address both inequality and climate crisis, and that climate justice and social justice cannot be treated separately.

“Therefore Christian Aid stands in solidarity with the Chilean civil society which has worked very hard in the past year to enable COP25 to be an space of real climate action, and with the Chilean people who are peacefully expressing their call for a just social and economic system, where democracy and constitutional rights are respected.”

Also responding to the decision, Asier Hernando, Deputy Director of Oxfam in Latin America and the Caribbean said: “Oxfam supports the right of the Chilean people to peaceful protest, and their right to demand that their government works in the interests of all citizens and not just a fortunate few.  We condemn the heavy-handed response of the Chilean government to the protests.”

“The same flawed economic policies that have sparked protests on the streets of Chile are fuelling the global climate crisis and the global inequality crisis.  Urgent action is needed by governments to build economies that put people and the environment before economic growth and corporate profits.”

“With time running out to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown, the United Nations must work with governments to ensure that international talks do not lose momentum and that COP 25 finds an alternative home – ideally in Latin America.”

* Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

* Oxfam International https://www.oxfam.org/en

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