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Since Friday 1 November, when the Government Panel of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) accepted the proposal made by the Government of Chile to host the 2019 climate Summit (COP25) in Madrid, the Government of Spain has been working to ensure the organizational success of this international gathering.
The Government of Spain is working closely with the UN Climate Change Secretariat and Chile’s Executive to organise the Conference and logistics required for this type of event, along with the Madrid Regional Government and Madrid City Council. Priority is also being given to ensuring the most inclusive possible participation of all delegates and the presence and participation of civil society.
COP25 is taking place from 2 to 13 December 2019 under the Chilean Presidency and with the support of the Government of Spain. Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s Environment Minister, has been appointed President of the Conference.
-BLUE ZONE: This is the space administered by the United Nations which will be the site of the negotiation sessions of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), the 15th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP15) and the second meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2), as well as of the acts and events running parallel to the official United Nations agenda.
This is the proper multilateral negotiation zone with two plenaries and meeting rooms for negotiation, as well as rooms and halls for delegations, where Spain will have a delegation room.
There will also be a zone given over to the “Global Climate Action Agenda”, events focused on non-state actors which will be organized around theme-based days and with events linked to the 2030 agenda. This area includes a more dynamic space called the “Action Hub”, with two rooms for roundtable discussions and events planned as part of this agenda.
Another space will be given over to additional events organized by countries and official observers, known as “side events” where Spain will have a room to host its official events.
The blue zone will also include working areas and offices reserved both for United Nations personnel and for the press and others.
-GREEN ZONE: This social participation space will be made available to all of civil society so that they can play an essential part and participate directly in the COP. This will be supplemented by the organization of different events aimed at the general public and civil society throughout the city of Madrid.
The green zone in Madrid will be in the vicinity of the blue zone and will cover 10,000 square metres in total divided into two areas:
i. An open-dialogue pavilion with separate spaces for all civil society actors: sponsors, businesses, innovation and enterprise, NGOs, Youth, and Science and Academia. This pavilion will also include a Chile-Spain space which will serve as a more specific showcase for the presentation and debate of actions of interest, and offer an additional space to give visibility to the priorities of climate agendas on both sides of the Atlantic, opening up dialogue and debating spaces around prosperity, people and the planet, and linking these with other topics, such as: just transition, health, gender, sustainable finance, innovation, nature-based solutions, to name a few.
ii. Two lecture halls in two marquees beside the above area with the capacity for 500 and 200 people respectively, which will be defined as multi-purpose space to cater for more cultural kinds of events and will be made available to all actors.
We are working with the United Nations and the Chilean team to maintain the substantive organisation of the COP25 as planned, both in terms of formal negotiation agendas and ministerial meetings and official United Nations events and side events. The official calendar of the UNFCCC website which can be accessed here.