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    With the participation of Iraq, the climate conference kicks off in Dubai with hopes for renewable e Empty With the participation of Iraq, the climate conference kicks off in Dubai with hopes for renewable e

    Post by Rocky Thu 30 Nov 2023, 5:11 am

    With the participation of Iraq, the climate conference kicks off in Dubai with hopes for renewable energy
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    {International: Al Furat News} Starting today, Thursday, the UAE will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), which is supposed to push countries to accelerate the pace of transition to clean energy sources, according to Agence France-Presse.
    The conference will last for two weeks at the Expo 2020 International Exhibition site, south of Dubai.
    The UAE, as well as the United Nations, hopes to hold a historic conference similar to the Paris conference in 2015, when countries pledged to limit climate warming to less than two degrees Celsius compared to temperature levels in the period before the industrial revolution.
    The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, confirmed in an interview with Agence France-Presse before heading to Dubai, on Wednesday, that “of course I strongly support a text that includes the elimination” of fossil fuels, even gradually.
    The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Simon Steele, said on Wednesday, “It is the most important cup since the Paris conference,” adding, “Today we are progressing in small steps, while we expect bigger steps.”
    This is the second time that a Gulf country has hosted a climate conference, after Qatar in 2012. United Nations climate conferences are usually held every year on a different continent. Two years ago, countries in the Asia-Pacific region unanimously nominated the UAE to host this conference.
    Criticisms
    The head of the Emirati COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, who also serves as CEO of the giant state oil company ADNOC, is being criticized, especially after this week the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Center for Climate Reporting (CCR) revealed internal briefings that included points about Emirati projects. In the field of energy, it is on the agenda of the COP28 meetings with a number of governments.
    Al-Jaber rejected these accusations on Wednesday.
    While several figures, officials and non-governmental organizations raised their voices following the scandal, boycotting COP28 is not on the table, because the risks of climate change are catastrophic, especially with 2023 expected to be the hottest year ever, according to Agence France-Presse.
    Guterres himself defended the Emirati official chairing the climate conference to raise the issue of getting rid of fossil fuels. "I think he's in a better position to say that to his colleagues in the fossil fuel sector than he would be to do so by a member of an NGO with a strong record of climate advocacy," he said.
    The first decision may be issued at the conference, Thursday, with the adoption during a plenary session of implementing the decision to establish the new fund for losses and damages that was approved at COP27 after arduous negotiations between the countries of the North and the countries of the South, in order to compensate the countries most affected by climate change. This decision, on the first day of the conference, will allow delegates to focus on other topics, starting with fossil fuels.
    Attendees
    On Thursday morning, thousands of participants began arriving at the conference site in a calm atmosphere, without demonstrations until now.
    Credits were granted to more than 97,000 people (delegations, media, non-governmental organizations, pressure groups, organisers, technical workers, delegates...), i.e. double the number recorded last year.
    The President of the Iraqi Republic, Abdul Latif Rashid, headed to the Emirates at the head of a high-level government delegation to participate in the climate conference, and Rashid will deliver Iraq’s speech at the conference.
    Iraq is one of the five countries in the world most affected by climate change, drought, high temperatures, desertification, and internal climate displacement.
    About 180 heads of state and government are expected to attend by December 12, the end date of the conference, according to organizers. But it is often extended for a day or two.
    Pope Francis canceled his participation in the conference because he contracted a cold. However, more than 140 world leaders will take the stage in Expo City Dubai on Friday and Saturday, after the opening of the conference on Thursday, to deliver speeches that do not exceed a few minutes and aim to give political momentum to the complex negotiations that the delegations will engage in over a period of two weeks.
    On Friday, King Charles III will deliver his speech at the beginning of the “Leaders’ Summit,” while the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and the American president, Joe Biden, will be absent, and his deputy, Kamala Harris, will take his place.
    The Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, may be present in the same place, Friday, in Dubai, as only three leaders separate their speeches, according to the arrangement announced by the United Nations.
    Hopes for climate commitments
    Organizers hope the conference will result in “voluntary climate commitments” by countries, such as tripling renewable energy sources by 2030, and increasing financial aid from rich countries to countries most vulnerable to climate change.
    The official texts that are expected to be approved during the conference, according to the United Nations mechanism, may have an effect similar to the Paris Agreement. It cannot be ruled out that the negotiations will fail miserably, as there is fierce opposition from oil-producing countries to the issue of getting rid of fossil fuels in the final decision.
    Climate conferences are useless?
    It's a legitimate question, because since COP21 and the Paris Agreement, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase. While the world at that time expected emissions to decrease by 16% by 2030, the United Nations has now reduced its expectations to 2%, and the world is still on an unbearable climate warming path, according to Agence France-Presse.
    Since 2015, about a hundred countries have pledged to achieve carbon neutrality, and solar energy has become the cheapest energy to generate electricity, while peak demand for fossil fuels looms on the horizon of the current decade.
    The International Energy Agency expects that more than a third of new cars in the world will become electric in 2030, a scenario that was unimaginable before 2015.
    Climate Damage Fund
    Countries participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference hope to reach early agreement on creating a new fund to pay for climate-related damage, with the aim of garnering some political goodwill before the talks move to contentious topics including the future of fossil fuels, according to Reuters.
    With tens of thousands of delegates expected to participate, governments are preparing to negotiate an agreement to phase out the global use of coal, oil and gas.
    With financing also topping the conference agenda, the UAE presidency of the conference published a proposal on the eve of the launch for countries to adopt a new United Nations fund for climate change damages, which raised hopes among some delegates that this would be among the first agreements reached in Dubai.
    The draft proposal, which was drafted by representatives from developed and developing countries during negotiations that lasted for months this year, stipulates the establishment of a fund to help vulnerable countries deal with the damage caused by climate change, such as drought, floods and rising sea levels, and some diplomats expressed their hope that it would be adopted. Without objections.
    Reuters noted the existence of divisions, and said that there are European countries and others vulnerable to damage from climate change that are demanding an agreement that renewable energy sources replace fossil fuels in the coming decades, and there are oil and gas producers who seek to preserve the role of traditional energy sources.
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