Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, has announced that Chile will no longer

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  • 30 Oct 2019 12:00 AM
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COP25: Chile Cancels Un Climate Summit Amid Wave of Civil Unrest

Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, has announced that Chile will no longer host the COP25 climate summit in December. Piñera said the government had taken the "very difficult decision" to cancel the summit as it seeks to bring an end to the rolling series of street protests and clashes that have escalated in recent weeks, which saw over a million civilians bring Santiago to a halt protesting inequality and the rising cost of living. Just over a week ago the government declared a state of emergency, but there has been little sign of public discontent subsiding, with reports of violent clashes between protestors and Chilean armed forces that had been called in to tackle the unrest. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN body which oversees the annual talks, said it was "currently exploring alternative hosting options" for the summit. It currently remains unclear whether another host can enable COP25 to go ahead as planned, or whether the talks will be delayed.

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