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UN Confirms Madrid as New Location for Global Climate Meeting

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced Wednesday that he was canceling plans to host the meeting, as well as a summit

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FILE - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, pictured during a parliamentary session in September 2019, said Nov. 1 that U.N. confirmation that a climate summit would be held in his country in December was "excellent news." VOA

The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid rather than Chile, which had to bow out as host on short notice, officials said Friday. UN.

U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain’s offer to host it in the country’s capital Dec. 2-13.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced Wednesday that he was canceling plans to host the meeting, as well as a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, to focus on restoring security in his country following weeks of protests in which at least a dozen people have died.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office offered Thursday to step in, sending delegates from around the world scrambling to change their travel plans.

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FILE – Environmental activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden addresses the Climate Action Summit in the U.N. General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 23, 2019. VOA

Sanchez, who is facing a national election Nov. 10, celebrated Friday’s decision.

“Excellent news: Madrid will host the global climate meeting from Dec. 2-13. Spain is already at work to guarantee its staging of COP25. Our government firmly keeps its commitment to lasting progress and a just ecological transition,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter.

Among those who were planning to attend the conference in Chile was Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whose climate protests have helped inspire tens of thousands of mostly young people to take to the streets demanding greater efforts from world leaders.

The teenager made a high-profile crossing from England to New York by sailboat earlier this year and planned to travel overland to Santiago to speak at the meeting. Thunberg refuses to fly because of aviation’s big carbon footprint.

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A little help?

After the move to Madrid was confirmed Friday, Thunberg appealed for help.

“It turns out I’ve traveled half around the world, the wrong way,” she tweeted.

“Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November. … If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful,” she added.

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U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain’s offer to host it in the country’s capital Dec. 2-13. Pixabay

Thunberg voiced regret about not being able to visit Central and South America as planned, saying she had been looking forward to doing so.

“But this is of course not about me, my experiences or where I wish to travel. We’re in a climate and ecological emergency,” she said.

The scale of the Madrid conference wasn’t immediately clear. More than 20,000 people attended last year’s climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP25, is meant to work out some of the remaining unresolved issues on the rules that countries must follow in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The meetings have also become a venue for countries to announce new initiatives to respond to global warming. (VOA)

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Here are Suggestions to Ace a Destination Wedding

5 ways to ace a destination wedding

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Destination Wedding

BY PUJA GUPTA

No matter where and when you plan your destination wedding, executing one is far from a cakewalk. A lot needs to be taken into account, and the entire process needs to be thoroughly thought through, in order to avoid any crisis or chaos. A destination wedding surely has its advantages including a scenic view and unique celebration in itself, but to truly enjoy every moment, a plethora of factors must be given due diligence.

As the fervour around the current wedding season increases, OYO’s Weddingz.in suggests some easy ways how you can truly ace it.

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Selecting a suitable location is the first and foremost step to having the perfect destination wedding. Pixabay

* Prioritise the location and recce

Selecting a suitable location is the first and foremost step to having the perfect destination wedding. Be mindful of the weather at that particular location, along with available venues, local vendors, and its overall aesthetics. Further, ensure that you make one trip to the destination well in advance for a recce and if one cannot travel to the destination in advance, cross-check logistics with professional help and plan ahead of time.

* Keep the guest-list in check

As a destination wedding is generally an expensive affair, it is recommended that you have a limited guest-list. In most cases, you end up incurring the cost for your guests’ accommodation, travel, and other sundry expenses. Therefore, it is best to celebrate a destination wedding only amidst your close ones. Moreover, be sure to inform them in advance so that they can plan ahead too, and make bookings accordingly.

* Hire local professionals

A very important step is to pick local vendors and planners when it comes to a destination wedding, especially when international, as they are well-versed with the area, location, language, and every other nitty gritty. Hiring a local planner is highly advantageous as it makes coordination with these vendors along with bookings seamless, as they are up-to-date with the required details of the destination. With regard to vendors like florists, caterers, rental companies and other suppliers, it is best to pick them in-person when you go for your recce, and ask for referrals to book the best.

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As a destination wedding is generally an expensive affair, it is recommended that you have a limited guest-list. Pixabay

* Be mindful of budgets

A well-planned budget is essential for a well-organised destination wedding. In case you decide to take your own preferred planners and vendors along, be sure to keep their accommodation and travel reasonable, yet comfortable. For weddings involving alcohol, it is best to purchase from local stores to not incur a huge cost of transporting the same, especially to an international location. Most importantly, partner with a dedicated wedding planner who will provide you with the best deals and 100% delivery on promises, thus ensuring a great event. Lastly, to avoid last-minute and out-of-control expenditures, keep a checklist at hand since Day 1.

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* Focus on packing

Finally, pack your luggage as per the chosen destination, with its climate being the most important factor. If it’s a cold place, carry warmer clothes, and ensure that you pack the essentials. Additionally, it is always a nice gesture to pack some simple gifts and handwritten notes in your luggage for your guests, to make them feel welcome and add to their merriment around the festivities. (IANS)