July 9, 2020

The king comments on the development of the summit with the UN Secretary General

Felipe VI received on Tuesday the UN Secretary General, the Portuguese António Guterres, with whom he commented on the development of the world climate summit that takes place in Madrid to boost the global fight that will slow the impact of the climate emergency.

The meeting has taken place at the Palacio de la Zarzuela in parallel to COP25, which Guterres and the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, inaugurated on Monday at the Ifema fairground in Madrid.

Don Felipe and the former Portuguese Prime Minister have already met at the reception that the kings offered yesterday at the Royal Palace to the Heads of State and Government and representatives of the delegations attending the summit, coming from about 200 countries

In his conversation, Guterres has informed the king of the main objectives that the UN sets for COP25 in the face of the climatic emergency that the planet is experiencing.

In the presentation of the summit last Sunday, Guterres urged countries to take more ambitious measures because "the point of no return is in sight, it is thrown over."

"It is no longer a long-term problem. We are in a hole and we continue digging into it. It will soon be too late to escape," Guterres warned, leading the United Nations since January 1, 2017.

Despite the complexity of the negotiations, the Secretary General of the United Nations was convinced that the world climate summit in Madrid will be a "success."

In the meeting in Zarzuela, the main advisor of the UN Secretary General, David Vennett, also participated; the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, and the Spanish ambassador to the United Nations, Agustín Santos.

Guterres is going to leave Madrid today, where he will return next week in the final stretch of COP25, whose closing is scheduled on the 13th.

Before meeting with the UN secretary general, the king has received in Zarzuela the president of the House of Representatives of the United States and a group of congressmen, as well as the presidents of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and Argentina, Mauricio Macri.

Felipe VI will complete his round of bilateral meetings with the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, and with the Grand Duke Enrique de Luxemgurgo, to whom he will offer a lunch.

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