The North African Kingdom is represented in the conference, which runs until dec.13, by a large delegation led by Head of Govt Saad Dine El Otmani.
During the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that important decisions must be taken “now” to limit emissions that cause the greenhouse effect.
The planet is close to “the point of no return”, he warned, urging all countries to be more “ambitious” and cut pollutant emissions as this is “critical time” to combat climate change.
For his part, Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said : “we must reach the Glasgow summit in 2020 (COP26) with much more ambitious national contributions and these long-term strategies must lead to orderly, fair and efficient decarbonization.
The opening ceremony was marked by a message addressed to participants by president of Chile Sebastian Pinera and speeches made by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders from Europe, Asia…
The challenge of this year’s UN conference will be to find agreement over a global carbon offset market, and to convince signatories to the Paris pact to submit bolder climate goals in 2020.
COP25 takes place as the world is already 1.1°C warmer than it was at the onset of the industrial revolution and global warming is already having a significant impact on the world, and on people’s lives.
And if current trends persist, then global temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.4 to 3.9°C this century, which would bring wide-ranging and destructive climate impacts.