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COP28: These factors could be a negative influence

Diplomats and climate politicians fear the escalating war between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip could jeopardize the upcoming climate negotiations. There is also apparently talk of postponing or canceling the conference should the situation escalate further. Read the full article here:
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What could negatively influence the COP?
  • The time and attention of the most important actors are occupied by the war and possible mediation efforts. In many countries, as is now the case in Germany, the foreign ministry leads the climate negotiations. The political leaders in many countries are currently busy with the Gaza crisis. US political consultant Kalee Kreider told Axios: “This war will affect the overall mindshare that can go into the talks.” Especially at this critical time in the last weeks before the COP, the political elites are now otherwise engaged.

In many countries, as is now the case in Germany, the foreign ministry leads the climate negotiations. Source: Imago
In many countries, as is now the case in Germany, the foreign ministry leads the climate negotiations. Source: Imago

  • The conflict could also dominate the matter of funding. Arms support and refugee aid programs require scarce resources in all countries. In the Western developed countries, military aid for Ukraine and the arms build-up since the Russian attack already tie up billions that could not be used for climate financing, for example. But without far-reaching financial aid pledges, COP28 will hardly be a success.
  • Unlike the Ukraine war, the Gaza conflict does not involve two traditional UN members. However, after a period of observer status, Palestine joined the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2016. In 2020, it chaired the G77/China group. Whether and how the Palestinian delegation will use this position on developing countries in the current conflict at COP28 remains unclear at this stage.
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  • Annett Michuki..

    34 w

    Terrorism is triky its unpredictable for safety in middleast

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    • Munene Mugambi

      34 w

      I think the Middle Eastern conflict should certainly be discussed and we come up with ways to stop the tensions from escalating and loss of lives.

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      • mercy nduta

        34 w

        @munene_mugambi Reconciliation is the only solution.

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