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Breach of independence: UAE Oil company's influence raises concerns over independence of COP28

Recent revelations have sent shockwaves through the climate community, as The Guardian uncovers a troubling breach of confidentiality that threatens the integrity and independence of the upcoming COP28 climate summit. The United Arab Emirates' state oil company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), has been granted access to read emails exchanged by the Cop28 climate summit office. The UAE, set to host the UN climate summit in November, appointed Sultan Al Jaber, the CEO of Adnoc, as the president of Cop28. This deeply concerning conflict of interest has drawn sharp criticism from lawmakers and climate experts.
The Cop28 office had previously asserted that its email system was separate from Adnoc. However, the expert analysis revealed that the two entities shared email servers, exposing a significant breach of confidentiality. After The Guardian's inquiry, the COP28 office hurriedly switched to a different server, suggesting an attempt to cover up the breach.

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This revelation has ignited a firestorm of condemnation, with Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief, describing the situation as "explosive" and a "scandal." Lawmakers and environmental activists are appalled by the intrusion of an oil and gas company into the heart of an organization responsible for phasing out fossil fuels. Manon Aubry, a French MEP, compared the situation to having a tobacco multinational overseeing the work of the World Health Organization, emphasizing the need to prioritize climate action over the profits of fossil fuel companies.
The revelations also expose the undue influence of Adnoc in shaping the narrative and actions of the Cop28 office. The repercussions of this decision are significant, with a negative impact on the credibility of the UN's climate body, the UNFCCC.




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  • zelda ninga

    55 w

    COP 28 is our only hope to save the planet, they need to change there ways and stick to there role in saving our planet.

    • George Kariuki

      57 w

      Transparency, trust, and independence are crucial elements for the success of international climate negotiations.

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      • Saustine Lusanzu

        58 w

        This year we don't want polluters to COP

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          58 w

          When will COP organizers stop inviting perpetrators of climate change on the dining table?

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          • Komu Daniel

            58 w

            The hypocrisy that comes with all COPs is ever alarming. How can an eagle sit in a convention of chicken?

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            • Gorffly mokua

              58 w

              This will compromise the independence & integrity of the climate conference. It is essential to ensure that there is no undue influence from stakeholders with vested interests in perpetuating an unsustainable fossil fuel-based economy limiting the global dialogue towards achieving our climate goals.

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              • Tabitha Kimani

                58 w

                Slowly but surely COPS have started to lose meaning/impact. COP27 was criticized because of Coca-Cola sponsorship.

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  58 w

                  @tabitha_kimani meaning the polluters can't be questioned in fear of losing their 'favour"

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                • Joyce Waturu

                  58 w

                  It's crystal clear that the essence of COP28 talks is already compromised and will no doubt bear no fruits.

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                  • winnie nguru

                    58 w

                    Conflict of interest will be unavoidable in this case.. Something ought to be done

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                    • Lucinda Ramsay

                      58 w

                      It just doesn't stop...😔 all us ordinary folks just have to look on at this fiasco!

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                      • Patrick Kiash

                        58 w

                        I agree with the comparison of Tobacco Multinational overseeing the work of the World Health organization, there must be one side that will be favouring their interest over the other, and in this case it will be sad if the cop28 will drift away from the noble causes the cop's has been entrusted with and it's visions.

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                        • Munene Mugambi

                          58 w

                          They've lost all credibility

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                          • Joseph Githinji

                            58 w

                            This is alarming, seems the systems are compromised. Something must be done.

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