The UN’s annual climate change negotiations kicked off Monday morning in Madrid, where representatives from hundreds of countries will meet to refine the rules of the Paris Agreement.
In an opening speech to delegates, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres criticized the lack of “political will” in advancing the Paris Agreement’s goals.
“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” Guterres asked.
In the wake of the Trump administration formally beginning the process to pull out of the Paris Agreement last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday she would be leading a delegation of 14 members of Congress to the talks.
Over 70 leaders from US cities, states, businesses, and other institutions are also attending