‘Ridiculous’: Greta Thunberg blasts decision to let UAE oil boss chair climate talks

(The Guardian, 19 Jan 2023) Climate activist at Davos says lobbyists have been influencing conferences ‘since forever’.

Four years after taking the World Economic Forum by storm, Greta Thunberg returned to Davos on Thursday to blast the United Arab Emiratesfor appointing the head of its state-owned oil company to chair the Cop28 climate talks later this year.

Thunberg said it was “completely ridiculous” that Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, chief executive of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), will preside over the next round of global climate talks in Dubai in November.

She told an event on the sidelines of the WEF’s annual meeting in Davosthat lobbyists have been influencing these conferences “since, basically, forever”.

“This just puts a very clear face to it,” she added. “It’s completely ridiculous.”

Luisa Neubauer, a German climate activist, also called the move “ridiculous”, but not a new development, as lobbyists had flocked to the last Cop meeting in Egypt.

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The Guardian, 19 Jan 2023: ‘Ridiculous’: Greta Thunberg blasts decision to let UAE oil boss chair climate talks