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Local representative at Climate Change Conference in Dubai

Simon Molesworth AO KC is a Silver City resident with many hats and this week the Honorary President for Landcare Broken Hill flew out of town to step into his role as the International Affairs Ambassador of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) to attend the UNFCCC COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai alongside the Australian Government delegation.

Mr Molesworth has offered to keep the Barrier Truth up to date with his experience of the conference with his first submission:

“It is just past 7.15am here in Dubai, Thursday November 30, with the opening COP28 plenary session due to kick off later this morning. Yesterday (Wednesday) the sky was heavily overcast with what appeared to be smog haze, but today the day has dawned with blue sky and sun.

“From my hotel window I look down on a 17-lane highway (including parallel overpasses), crossing over an eight-lane highway in the opposite direction. There appears to be an absence of people on foot anywhere, replaced by frenzied traffic movement at speed in all directions.

“The Thursday morning news has announced that the Pope, who was scheduled to address the COP Plenary on Saturday, will no longer be attending the COP, withdrawing due to ill health, following the earlier announcement that President Biden will also not be attending (having attended the last two COPs, including COP27 in Egypt last year). However, HRH King Charles will be attending and addressing the COP Plenary.

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“In some of the international commentary there is much scepticism that anything positive will emerge from this COP given that the host country in a petrostate and the presiding chair of the negotiations is Sultan al Jaber, who is also CEO of the UAE state oil company ADNOC.

“From my EIANZ International Affairs Ambassador perspective, I remain positive that I will meet many proactive people focussed on environmental innovation which we may be able to adopt in Australia, as the associated Environmental Expo will be showcasing the latest in technological innovation. I also look forward to interacting with those from countries around the world focussed on positive policy development from which we may be able to learn.”

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