The upcoming COP28 climate conference scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has raised concerns among human rights and environmental groups. As an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development and combating climate change, the World Biogas Association should carefully consider whether or not to participate in this event.
Despite presenting a modern and progressive image, the UAE has a significant history of human rights abuses, particularly towards migrant workers. As per Human Rights Watch, migrant laborers often endure oppressive working conditions, such as being paid less than they are owed, having their passports taken from them, and being denied any freedom of movement. In addition, women and members of certain communities experience great discrimination, with certain sexualities being criminalized and women being subject to biased laws concerning marriage and divorce.
In addition to these human rights concerns, the UAE’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels and lack of concrete action on climate change should be a red flag for an organization like the World Biogas Association. The country is one of the world’s largest per capita emitters of greenhouse gases, with 90% of its electricity generated from fossil fuels. Despite announcing ambitious renewable energy targets, the country has yet to implement policies that would enable it to achieve these goals.
President COP28: Sultan Al Jaber
Dr Sultan Al Jaber, who is related to the petroleum industry, has been selected as the President of COP28. This decision has intensified concerns about the real motives behind the conference. It is ironic to have someone in charge who represents the industry that is largely responsible for the climate crisis, while the conference is meant to tackle this very problem. This cannot be overlooked.
World Biogas Association
The World Biogas Association, as a leading organization committed to promoting the use of biogas and other sustainable technologies, should not participate in COP28 in the UAE. By boycotting the event, the association would send a powerful message that it stands with human rights defenders and climate activists around the world. Instead of lending legitimacy to a country with a problematic track record, the World Biogas Association should focus on working with countries that are truly committed to achieving sustainable development and combating climate change.
Potential of World Biogas Association
Moreover, it is important to note that biogas has tremendous potential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, biogas could reduce global emissions by 12% by 2050. This highlights the importance of promoting and investing in biogas as a renewable energy source.
Furthermore, the World Biogas Association has a responsibility to promote and advocate for sustainable practices that prioritize the well-being of people and the planet. By participating in COP28 in the UAE, the association would be undermining its commitment to these values.
What World Biogas Association can do?
In light of these concerns, the World Biogas Association should take a strong stand against participating in COP28 in the UAE. The association should prioritize its values of promoting sustainable development and combating climate change, while also upholding the principles of human rights and social justice. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has stated, “We must put people and the planet at the center of everything we do.” The World Biogas Association should follow this principle and decline to participate in COP28 in the UAE.
Result of Not Participating
The World Biogas Association should prioritize its commitment to promoting sustainable development and combating climate change, while also upholding human rights and social justice. By boycotting COP28 in the UAE, the association would be taking a strong stance against human rights abuses and the exploitation of migrant workers. Moreover, it would be promoting the use of biogas as a renewable energy source that can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving sustainable development. The World Biogas Association has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to these important values.