HIGH LEVEL PRESS EVENT: Madrid Ambition Drive for Survival #MAD4survival

HIGH LEVEL PRESS EVENT: Madrid Ambition Drive for Survival #MAD4survival

11:00am-11:30am Tuesday 10 December 2019 – Room Chiloe, Hall 10, IFEMA Madrid

UNFCCC COP25, Madrid, Spain

On 7 December 2019, as Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, President Hilda Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands launched a plea from Majuro in the North Pacific, for countries at COP25 to follow the lead of vulnerable countries in committing to ambition in 2020. The #MAD4surival event will showcase the breadth of support of countries committed to strengthened climate action efforts or NDCs in 2020, and highlight the degree to which the rights and very survival of nations depend on new efforts and NDCs from all countries by next year. Asking: Where do you stand?


  • Why vulnerable countries are leading with ambition for 2020 and why other countries and groups stand with them as momentum gains for the Climate Ambition Alliance at COP25
  • Why the Paris Agreement and it’s 1.5 degrees Celsius goal, and the survival of nations, depend on new ambition and all countries enhancing NDCs in 2020
  • What #MAD4suvival is about and why it is asking others where they stand on new 2020 ambition – and why the Madrid COP counts for the survival of the most vulnerable



HE Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Climate Envoy of the Marshall Islands

HE Carolina Schmidt*, COP25 President and Hon. Minister of Environment of Chile*

HE Teresa Ribera*, Hon. Minister of Environment of Spain

HE Lorena Aguilar, Hon. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica

HE Loren Legarda, Hon. Deputy Speaker of the Congress of the Philippines and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience

HE Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Hon. Minister of Infrastructure and Water of the Netherlands

Shanchita Haque, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations

HE Michelle Bachelet*, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Laurence Tubiana*, Executive Director, European Climate Foundation



Monica Araya*, Expert Advisory Group of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and Director, Nivela


Moderated plenary panel with leaders’ keynote statements; no questions and answers due to 30 mins time limit, but spokespersons available prior/following the event for interviews.

*Speakers TBD

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