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Will ‘Big Oil’ influence COP28 talks as Namibia fights climate change challenges?

todayNovember 27, 2023 5

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With COP28 around the corner, people are worried about the influence of big oil companies on the climate talks. Namibia, a country that is facing climate challenges, has to decide how it will respond, especially with news about the United Arab Emirates planning oil and gas deals during the talks.

Recent reports from independent journalists at the Centre for Climate Reporting working with the BBC reveal that the UAE, which is hosting COP28, might be using the meetings to make deals for fossil fuels. The leaked documents, prepared by the UAE’s COP28 team for discussions with at least 27 foreign governments, let slip proposed talking points for potential partnerships in Mozambique, Canada, Australia, and other countries.

Namibia faces decision point at COP28 amid climate change vulnerability

Namibia, a nation vulnerable to climate change with a commitment to addressing environmental challenges, faces a critical decision at COP28. While the country has implemented a National Climate Change Policy, highlighting its dedication to international cooperation, concerns arise over potential distractions from the core climate agenda.

As Namibian delegates prepare to attend the summit, the question remains: will they tolerate discussions on oil and gas deals on the sidelines, or will they strongly advocate for climate change action? The spotlight is on Namibia’s representatives to stand up for the global climate cause amid potential attempts to deflect focus and prioritise economic interests.

 

Written by: Tonata Kadhila

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