Stop the undermining of international climate summits by the fossil industry

Stop the undermining of international climate summits by the fossil industry

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02 Feb 2023

Together with 450 social organizations worldwide, including 35 Dutch organizations, such as Cordaid, Milieudefensie, Greenpeace, Oxfam Novib, FNV, Both Ends, CARE Nederland, Simavi and Natuur & Milieu, we are sounding the alarm. We are seriously 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 fossil industry lobby blocked the important breakthrough in phasing out fossil fuels. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult for civil society organizations to gain access to the climate summit and participate effectively.

The appointment of Sultan Al Jaber as chairman of the upcoming UN Climate Summit recently led to much concern and criticism. Al Jaber leads ADNOC, the company with the second largest oil and gas expansion plans in the world. These plans are incompatible with the calculations of the International Energy Agency, which exclude drilling for new oil and gas reserves in order to remain below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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

As Dutch organizations, we also urge the Dutch cabinet ministers Jetten and Schreinemacher to address this as quickly as possible. Minister Jetten and Schreinemacher recently informed the House about the government’s commitment to increasing global climate ambitions and accelerating climate actions. The undermining of the climate negotiations by the fossil industry was not discussed in their letter. The civil society organizations call on the ministers to urgently advocate measures to prevent conflicts of interest in the next negotiations

letter from the 450 international organizations

Letter from the 35 Dutch organizations