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Outrage over UAE appointing oil exec to lead next U.N. climate talks

Along with overseeing one of the world's biggest oil companies, Sultan Al Jaber is the UAE's minister of industry and advanced technology and chief executive of renewable energy company Masdar, based in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi's port is a regional trade, logistics, and industrial hub for oil, gas and other commercial interests
Abu Dhabi's port is a regional trade, logistics, and industrial hub for oil, gas and other commercial interests (AN/Michael Gaylard)

Environmental groups and climate experts denounced the United Arab Emirates' announcement that the chief executive of the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company will preside over the next round of U.N. climate talks.

The UAE, which gets to name the president of the next round of United Nation-brokered talks known as COP28 that it is hosting next year, appointed Sultan Al Jaber to the role. Along with overseeing one of the world's biggest oil companies, he serves as the UAE's minister of industry and advanced technology and is chief executive of renewable energy company Masdar, based in Abu Dhabi.

Al Jaber, whose job next year will be to prod nations to raise global compliance with the 2015 Paris Agreement for limiting global warming, wears several other hats. He is the UAE’s minister of industry and advanced technology, and also serves as chief executive of the renewable energy company Masdar, in Abu Dhabi.

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