The United Arab Emirates is hosting the COP28 climate summit from November 30 to December 12. Leaked documents suggest they want to use their position to negotiate favorable fossil fuel trade deals with 15 countries for their companies. The BBC reported on the documents.
The organizing team of the United Arab Emirates did not rule out the fact that it used the negotiations between the states for trade agreements. However, he was not going to talk about the details of their progress. “Private meetings are meant to be private,” read a statement from the organizing team.
The documents were to be prepared by the conference organizing team for negotiations with at least 27 countries. They concerned, for example, negotiations with China on the willingness to jointly evaluate business opportunities in Mozambique, Canada and Australia in connection with liquefied gas. Others were prepared for negotiations with, for example, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Great Britain, the Netherlands or Kenya.
Negotiations on behalf of the United Arab Emirates were led by summit president Sultan al-Jabur, who is the chief executive of state-owned oil company Adnoc and state-owned renewables firm Masdar, which appeared almost always in documents for the talks. According to the BBC, email correspondence between COP28 organizers stated that “negotiation documents must always include mention of Adnoc and Masdar”. According to the organizers, this is a lie and no such regulation “has ever been issued by anyone”.
The effort to close deals during the climate conference is perceived by the UN as a serious violation of the standards of behavior of the president of the summit and the host country as a whole. “The main principle of the summit president is impartiality,” the UN representatives said in a statement. According to UN climate policy expert Professor Michael Jacobs, the actions of the organizing team are “hypocritical”. According to him, on the one hand, the United Arab Emirates is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but on the other hand, it is negotiating new fossil fuel projects behind closed doors.