In the face of mounting international criticism, the government continues to steadfastly back their choice of Sultan al-Jaber, a prominent figure in the petroleum industry, to lead the upcoming Climate Change Conference, widely known as COP28. This decision has provoked considerable consternation and outcry, particularly from powerful entities like the European Union and the United States, who have openly expressed their preference for a change in leadership.
Despite these calls, the government have remained unwavering in their stance, asserting that al-Jaber's appointment has been made with careful thought and due consideration of all potential implications. They argue that his extensive experience in the energy sector, though controversial, could provide a unique perspective in addressing the complex issue of global climate change.
Whilst at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Al Jaber stated, 'In an energy transition that is practical, equitable, and effectively managed, our attention must be sharply focused on progressively eliminating emissions from fossil fuels, while simultaneously escalating the adoption of viable, affordable zero-carbon alternatives.'
However, the selection of an oil magnate to head an international summit primarily focused on environmental preservation and reduction of greenhouse gases has been seen by many as a contradictory move. Critics argue that this could potentially undermine the credibility of the conference and its commitment towards a sustainable future. Still, the administration stands firm on its decision, insisting that the calls for his removal are unfounded and that al-Jaber's leadership will contribute positively to COP28.