Oil-rich Gulf states have positioned themselves as both champions of climate innovation and guardians of fossil fuel interests — a balancing act experts warn could derail action at COP28 in Dubai.
This year’s United Nations climate summit is being chaired and hosted by the United Arab Emirates, a country dubbed “an oil company with a state attached” by one observer who requested anonymity so they could speak freely about the negotiations.
According to COP28 director general Majid Al Suwadi, “the UAE has been a leader when it comes to climate change”.
“We have been doing our part,” he said in September.
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