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PACJA Supports Withdrawal of Oil Mogul as COP28 President

May 25, 2023
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Pan Africa Climate justice Alliance (PACJA) has supported the move by the European Parliament and US Congress Urging Removal of Sultan Al Jaber as COP President-Designate.

According to PACJA the united call for the removal of Sultan Al Jaber resonates with the growing consensus among global stakeholders who recognize the imperative for effective leadership and meaningful action in combating climate change.

They stated that the joint statement, aims to amplify the voices of millions worldwide who are committed to creating a sustainable future for our planet.

“PACJA, welcomes and wholly supports the statement from the EU  and US parliamentarians, and seeks a response from the UNFCCC Executive  Secretary without further delay. Indeed, we hope Simon Stiell will address the  issues the Lawmakers raised before the Bonn Climate Change Conference scheduled for June 2023. ,” the statement read in part.

On his remarks, PACJA Executive director Dr. Mithika Mwenda urged for the withdrawal of the President-designate of COP28, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, stating that he been criticized for his close ties with the fossil fuel industry and his  alleged role in delaying climate action in his country.  

He urged for the establishment of a robust conflict of interest policy that limits the  participation and access of polluting industries, especially those whose  business models are incompatible with the 1.5°C limit, at UNFCCC meetings  and events.  

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“We demand that fossil fuel companies and their lobby groups are excluded  from official delegations, side events, sponsorships, and exhibitions.The transparency and accountability of the UNFCCC processes, including the  disclosure of financial and non-financial contributions from private sector  entities and their representatives,” Mithika Stated.

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“We urge the UNFCCC Executive Secretary to take these steps as soon as possible to  ensure that COP28 is a success and that the voices of the most vulnerable and  affected communities are heard, respected, and not drowned by corporate  interests. We stand in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who are  demanding climate justice and a livable future for all,” he added.

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