April 8, 2019 / 8:01 PM / 3 months ago

Chile wants more ambitious action at U.N. climate change conference

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks to the media next to India's President Ram Nath Kovind (not pictured) during his official visit at the government palace in Santiago, Chile April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile will urge countries at the United Nations climate change conference in Santiago at the end of the year to adopt more ambitious commitments to deal with global warming, President Sebastian Pinera told reporters on Monday.

The U.N. Paris Agreement was not strong enough “to prevent the world from continuing on a path that could end in tragedy,” the president told a news conference.

“We will have to move forward so that countries assume more ambitious commitments,” he said. The summit will be held on Dec. 2-13.

Chile, fronting the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of South America, will also advocate for the protection of Antarctica and the oceans, Pinera said.

Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Sandra Maler

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