What is the credibility of the UN?
The UN has appointed an oilman as president of COP 28, it is amazing, they have appointed an arsonist to put out the fires in the world.
Anyway, the UN is used to paradoxes, because in 2015, the UN appointed a representative of Riyadh to head the “Human Rights Council” of the UN institution, while the country executes every year, on average, 200 people.
It is strange that all these positions granted to controversial people come from the Middle East and extremely rich countries, like FIFA, which had granted the organization of the World Cup in 2022 to Qatar.
Since Qatar is suspected of having bought “its world cup”, it is legitimate to think that it is not normal that the United Arab Emirates is chosen for the COP28 and to put at the head of this celebration of the fight against pollution in the world, a president, in the person of Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, head of one of the largest oil companies in the world, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company).
Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber presides over the national oil company since 2016 and also Masdar, the Emirati renewable energy company. His double-hatting, however, has earned him much criticism from environmental activists.
The reaction of Harjeet Singh, of the Climate Action Network International, is ferocious, “The appointment of Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber to the presidency of the COP28, while he holds the position of CEO of the national oil company of Abu Dhabi is a scandalous conflict of interest. For Teresa Anderson of ActionAid, “this goes further than putting the fox in charge of the hen house”.
The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s leading oil exporters and wants to phase out hydrocarbons. However, it estimates that it will need to invest more than USD 600 billion per year in the oil and gas industry by 2030 to meet demand.
The wealthy Gulf nation has experienced tremendous growth since the 1970s thanks to oil but is looking to diversify its economy. The United Arab Emirates is ranked the fourth-largest polluter in the world per capita in 2019 by the World Bank.
Former UN climate chief Yvo de Boer was a big supporter of Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber’s appointment and said.
“The UAE is a major investor in renewable energy at home and abroad. Global warming is a particularly important issue for the desert country of 10 million people, 90% of whom are expatriates.
According to a study published in 2021, some regions of the Gulf, where temperatures sometimes approach 50 degrees in summer, could become unlivable by the end of the century.