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stop undermining international climate summits by the fossil industry

News – 02 February 2023

Together with 450 organisations worldwide, including 35 Dutch organisations, such as Cordaid, Milieudefensie, Greenpeace, Oxfam Novib, FNV, Both Ends, CARE Nederland, Simavi and Natuur & Milieu, we are sounding the alarm bell! We are deeply concerned about the fossil fuel industry's undermining of the effectiveness and credibility of international climate negotiations. For example, the upcoming climate summit in November will be led by Sultan Al Jaber, the boss of ADNOC, one of the largest oil producers in the world. We want the upcoming negotiations to be transparent and free from conflicts of interest.

The United Arab Emirates, the host country of the upcoming climate summit, had more lobbyists from the fossil industry in its delegation than any other country at the last climate summit in Egypt. And during this summit, the heavy lobbying of the fossil fuel industry blocked the important breakthrough on the phase-out of fossil fuels. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult for civil society organisations to gain access to the climate summit and participate effectively.

The appointment of Sultan Al Jaber as chairman of the upcoming UN Climate Summit has recently generated much concern and criticism. Al Jaber leads ADNOC, the company that has the world's second-largest oil and gas expansion plans. These plans are inconsistent with International Energy Agency calculations that exclude drilling for new oil and gas deposits to keep below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The more than 450 organisations call on UN Secretary-General Guterres to take immediate measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to restore the effectiveness and credibility of the climate summit.

Together with 35 Dutch organisations, we also urge the ministers of the Dutch cabinet Jetten and Schreinemacher to tackle this as quickly as possible. Minister Jetten and Schreinemacher recently informed the House about the government's efforts to raise global climate ambitions and accelerate climate action. The undermining of the climate negotiations by the fossil industry was not mentioned in their letter. The civil society organisations call on the ministers to urgently advocate measures to prevent conflicts of interest during the next negotiations.

Letter 450 international organisations

Letter 35 Dutch organisations [in Dutch]

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