Chile's President Sebastian Pinera may have bitten off more than he can chew when he offered to host this year's COP25 climate change summit after Brazil backed out. The country has just one large convention center -- and that is booked out in December.
The annual summit attracts delegates from all over the world, as well as reporters and non-governmental organizations. At the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, last December, there were 22,771 registered participants.
Even if Chile's Espacio Riesco convention center was available and could fit that many people, Santiago will struggle to find space for everyone. The city has fewer than 19,000 hotel beds, according to data from Chile's Economy Ministry.
"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that humanity faces today and facing it requires CONVICTION and political will of the highest level, that is why president Sebastian Pinera took the huge challenge of being host and presiding COP25," Environment Minister Schmidt said in a tweet today.