In Africa, environmentalists are venting their anger at the UN climate agency, which they accuse of allowing companies and individuals with dubious climate credentials to whitewash their polluting activities by appearing in an annual climate report.
The criticism comes after an oil industry leader made a statement on Thursday Sultan Al Jaber will lead the next round climate negotiations of the United Nations, which will be held in United Arab Emirates from the end of November. The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance called the decision a “lowest moment” for the United Nations. The UN climate agency has not commented on the appointment.
Activists say representatives are increasingly concerned oil sectors and gas countries are coming to disrupt a conference where they are trying to agree on ways to reduce planet-warming activities. Analysis of the provisional list of participants in last year’s conference showed that 636 people fossil fuel companies It had to participate with a 25% increase compared to 2021.
Campaign groups across the continent are calling on the bloc of climate-sensitive countries to reject any move by the UAE to give fossil fuel players control of global climate talks.
“This is the classic definition of impunity and conflict of interest”declaresMithika MwendaPACJA executive director calls for president-elect to resign. “It is difficult to see al-Jaber leading objective, science-backed negotiations for the benefit of the most vulnerable.”
Mwenda fears that negotiations will be taken over “by evil fossil companies whose evil intentions are to disrupt the transition” towards clean energies.
Memory KachambwaThe appointment of al-Jabir, executive director of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network“An insult to the collective wisdom of those committed to tackling the climate crisis”.
Several other climate and environmental advocacy groups expressed concern over the announcement, while others welcomed the move. On Sunday, the US climate envoy, John KerryHe told the Associated Press that Mr. al-Jabir a “nice choice” He understands that he needs to be carried for this position clean energies.
Activists are also concerned about the lack of climate money on the continent. Activists point out that if subsidies Investments in fossil fuels and oil and gas are increasing in Africa, and funds for climate change adaptation climate change and the transition to renewable energies is still missing.
Last year, countries agreed that countries vulnerable to climate change should receive money from developed countries burning of the planet. This year, the details of this fund are being worked on.
Over the past eight months, African climate activists have stepped up their criticism industrialized countries and as multilateral development banks finance fossil fuels, campaigners say it is being undermined 2015 Paris Agreement aimed at limiting Global Warming 1.5 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times.
the International Monetary Fund revealed that dirty fuel subsidies reached $5.9 trillion globally in 2020. Urgewald.
Meanwhile, several climate finance pledges, such as $100 billion a year to help developing countries fight climate change, have been repeatedly broken.
International Energy Agency Investments in renewable energy must be doubled to meet Africa’s climate goals. According to the agency, Africa has 60% of the world’s solar resources, but only 1% of the world’s installed solar power.