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H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah (right) and Christiana Figueres at a press conference at Qatar National Convention Center yesterday.
DOHA: President of COP18/CMP8 H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, has strongly refuted reports appeared in a section of media that ministerial-level closed door negotiations were going ahead in Doha before closing on contentious issues at the Doha summit.
Addressing the media here yesterday Al Attiya said: “I would like to make it clear that we are working transparent. We are not working behind the doors; it’s not the style of my functioning”.
There are no secret sessions or attempt to avoid any countries and no ‘behind the room operations’. We have produced the text. If anyone believes it is a secret one, I can confirm this is not true, Al Attiyah asserted.
In the run up to COP18, I travelled to many countries such as India, China, Japan, Belgium and others, to take them into confidence that we do not work behind closed doors, but rather with full transparency and on the basis of trust.
“We need the support of the ministers in the high-level meeting and we want to discuss all the issues”, he added.
The COP President said he is optimistic that the Doha summit would come out with results satisfactory to all parties. “This is our mission and this is our goal. Through working with the Executive Secretary and all parties and groups and with their support, I am optimistic to reach desired results,” he stressed.
On the Arab presence in the conference, Al Attiyah stated that he visited the Arab League in Cairo to encourage Arabs to effectively participate in the conference. Arab region as a Group is missing in Doha Summit. Arab countries are scattered over more than one continent and belong to more than one group such as the G 77 and China, and the African Group. Al-Attiyah expressed hope that this situation would change in the future and that Arabs will cooperate among themselves on important issues that deal with change climate.
The COP18 President underscored the important role to be played by the Arab world in confronting climate change issues. He hailed the role of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in addressing climate issues.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said the first week of COP18 was productive. She said that there were a number of new drafts and articles proposed by the participants that will be negotiated.
A number of ministers will participate in today’s high-level meeting. The ministers will have a briefing session on the progress made in the past few days.
Christiana said a number of issues discussed in Durban were set to be decided on. The Parties and the negotiating blocs feel the need to come to an agreement in the Doha conference. According to her, the progress made in the past two years was more than what’s done in the past 10 years. The Doha conference be an important step forward, she hoped.