Te Ara Whatu || Our haerenga to COP25

In 2018, Te Ara Whatu sent its second delegation to Katowice, Poland for the UN’s 24th annual climate change conference. Just before the conference started, it was announced that Brazil had withdrawn their offer to host COP25 — and so the request went out to other Latin America and Caribbean countries for a host.

It has now been confirmed that a pre-COP conference will be held in Costa Rica and that COP25 will be hosted by Chile in December 2019.


So in 2019 we put the karanga out for another group of talented indigenous youth who want to make a change. We have chosen 6 new rangatahi along with two Te Ara Whatu alumni to go to Santiago for another round of climate action making.


In other years we have attended, Te Ara Whatu has been the only delegation of indigenous youth to attend a COP event. This year we excited to see that SustainUs, a US youth climate action organisation will also be taking an indigenous tira as well.

Keen to know more? Here’s some of the media coverage so far about COP25:

La Tereca || COP25: Government confirms that Chile will organize next UN summit for climate change