American and European elected officials are calling for the president’s recall
A letter signed by representatives of the two countries opposes the appointment of the boss of oil major ADNOC to chair the climate conference.
Sultan al-Jaber’s appointment had already been strongly criticized by a hundred NGOs in January.
A hundred elected members of the US Congress and the European Parliament called on Tuesday to withdraw the nomination. Boss from the oil industry to chair the next COP28 in Dubai.
“We urge you that the UAE abandons the appointment of Sultan Al-Jaber,” they said, expressing their “deep concern”. The message has been sent to US President Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Simon Steele, UN Climate Secretary is also a recipient.
The 40-year-old, Emirati industry minister and boss of oil giant ADNOC, has been appointed to chair the UN climate conference scheduled for the end of 2023. has already been heavily criticized By one hundred NGOs in January. Elected officials are asking to limit the “influence of polluting industries” at these climate meetings.
“Special interests cannot be allowed to create more barriers Competition against climate change“, pleaded Sheldon Whitehouse, one of the most outspoken US senators on climate issues, on Twitter.
In Brussels, the letter was signed by 99 environmental representatives, left and center-left. Questioned by AFP in April, Sultan al-Jaber defended himself by recalling that he was also the founder of Mastar, an Emirati national company specializing in renewable energies. years”.
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