The first plenary meeting of the 25th session of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 25, kicked off in Madrid on Monday, with speeches from Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Guterrez warned that "we are far from the sustainable path."
"We need a rapid and deep change in the way we do business, how we generate power, how we build cities, how we move and how we feed the world. If we don't urgently change our way of life, we jeopardise life itself," he added.
Sanchez shared a similar message, saying that "time has proved that against alternative facts that some evoke to deny the climate emergency, there is no other option but act with facts and actions."
The COP 25 summit will be held under the Presidency of Chile and with support from Spain.
The conference is aimed at taking the next crucial steps in battling climate change worldwide. The participants’ key objective will be completing several tasks to make the Paris Climate Change Agreement fully operational.
High-level talks are expected to bring together ministers of energy, finance and environment to align policies that would speed up action towards a low-carbon and climate-neutral economy.