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Chile to host U.N. climate talks in 2019

by Reuters
Friday, 14 December 2018 19:31 GMT

Brazil was initially slated to host the talks but the far-right president-elect pushed the government to withdraw its offer

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chile has been selected to host the next United Nations' climate conference in 2019, it was announced at the current meeting in the Polish city of Katowice on Friday.

Brazil was initially slated to host the talks under but far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro pushed the Brazilian government to withdraw its offer to host conference.

Under U.N. rules, next year is the turn of a Latin American or Caribbean country to host the event.

Chile and Costa Rica were the forerunners. Costa Rica withdrew because of the costs but offered to help Chile in the organisation of the so-called twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties (COP25).

"We are delighted to tell you that for COP25, we will be working with Costa Rica," Chile's environment minister Carolina Schmidt told the conference in Katowice on Friday.

(Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by Nina Chestney)

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