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Leaders’ Absence at New York Climate Summit a Sign of Political Disconnect – Campaigners

Civil society representatives have described the fact that several world leaders will not be present at the UNSG’s Climate Summit next week in New York as a telling sign of political disconnect from the everyday lives of millions of people impacted by the climate crisis.

This was made known at a press briefing organized by the Climate Action Network which comes ahead of a weekend-long global mobilisations planned from Friday under the Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels, and to set expectations for the UNSG Climate Ambition Summit, in New York, on September 20 and towards COP28 in Dubai.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, appears to have set a high bar for entry – inviting leaders to speak only if they have ambitious new commitments on climate action.

UK PM Rishi Sunak’s no-show at the New York climate meet is ‘frankly embarrassing’, says one of the campaigners, adding that US President Joe Biden’s presence raises questions about optics rather than substance given the US’ lack of climate leadership.

Lauren MacDonald, Campaigner with the group #StopRosebank, said: “We know – and the UK government knows – there can be no new drilling if we want a habitable world and yet they are issuing new licenses and considering approving the massive Rosebank oil field, which would create more CO2 emissions than 28 of the poorest countries produce in a year combined. That the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is not going to the UN summit is frankly embarrassing, and highlights the hypocrisy of his government.”

Mohamed Adow, Director, Power Shift Africa, said: “While the Africa Climate Summit which was held in early September was historic in being the first climate summit focused on Africa it failed to deliver anything transformational and instead pushed for carbon markets which are nothing but ‘polluter permits’ advocated by rich companies and governments to perpetuate their own ongoing carbon pollution.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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