MADRID, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chile took over the presidency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) here on Monday.
Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt was symbolically handed the presidency from Michal Kurtyka, the Polish climate minister, whose country hosted COP24.
"I will not renounce the deep conviction of the need of the people of Chile and the world to push for action against climate change," said Schmidt, who highlighted the importance of COP25, which has set "Time for Action" as its motto.
"The world is looking at it and it is time to act," she said, stressing that the world needs "faster, fairer and more inclusive" climate action.
"We have social, environmental and economic issues which are different from developed countries and these problems are made worse by climate change. They are issues we can only face if we work together through multinationalism and solidarity," she said.
For his part, Kurtyka thanked Spain for agreeing to host COP25 with just a month's notice.
The event was moved from Chile to Spain in early November as the result of social unrest in Chile.
Over 29,000 people, including some 50 world leaders and representatives of 196 countries, will attend COP25, which aims to turn words and promises into action to stabilize global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.