More than 40 hours after the planned conclusion of the COP 25 climate conference in Madrid, the participants reached a final agreement, the organisation announced.
In a final statement, after two weeks of negotiations, all states have pledged to “tighten their climate protection objectives for 2030 next year” as much as possible.
The aim of the conference was to strengthen the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In that agreement, the countries agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
The views of the participants were far apart in Madrid. For a long time, it seemed uncertain whether an agreement could be reached.
The environmental protection organizations Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund strongly criticize the outcome of the conference.
They regard the international efforts for more climate protection as insufficient and speak of a deep crisis. “This climate change conference was an attack on the heart of the Paris Agreement,” said a Greenpeace spokesperson on Sunday.