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King Felipe and Queen Letizia act as hosts for Conference on Climate Change (COP25)

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have played hosts to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid where Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Albert of Monaco and other foreign dignitaries were in attendance. The theme of the conference is to reduce CO2 emissions, global trade in emission rights, and other issues surrounding the goals set at the 2015 Paris climate change conference.

His Majesty gave remarks during the opening day of the conference, beginning in Spanish, before continuing in English for those in the audience who did not speak the language.

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The King stressed that the world must act now on climate change, “No border can protect us from the effects of climate change must act with leadership and determination…We must act with leadership, and we must act with resolve.”

“Yes, there is hope, but also a lot of work to be done and is likely to be they need several generations to achieve it,” he added.

King Felipe also shared his belief that the Paris Climate Agreement should be a guiding force in the efforts against climate change.

Round table discussions were also held in which Grand Duke Henri spoke to other heads of state and dignitaries including Luxembourg’s Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of the Environment and Spain’s President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

Remarks from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres concluded the conference for the day.

After the conference, the King and Queen held a reception at the Royal Palace of Madrid for those in attendance at the UN conference being held at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid from 2 to 13 December.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.