A traditional Islamic session to open negotiations

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The COP28 president held a Majlis, a traditional Islamic session, on Sunday to encourage ministers attending the conference to overcome their differences, warning them that “failure is not an option.”.

Majlis, a term that literally means “sitting places,” are gatherings where guests sit in a circle, sometimes on the floor, to discuss on an equal footing and solve problems.

The practice, which appears on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is also used for entertainment, offering condolences, and organizing wedding receptions.

A Traditional Islamic Session To Open Negotiations
Majlis, a term that means “sitting places,” are gatherings where guests sit in a circle, sometimes on the floor, to discuss on an equal footing and solve problems.

The meeting allowed for a “frank and productive conversation,” his team said.

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“In the eight years that I have been attending the climate negotiations, I have never had the impression that we are really dealing with what is important; I can’t believe it,” said the social network.

Bolivia is unique in criticizing “in an honest and authentic style (…) the hypocrisy of the United States, Norway, Australia, and Canada as major oil and gas producers,” described Caroline Brouillette, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq, for their part, reiterated their opposition to any mention in the text of leaving or even reducing fossil fuel production, saying that the resulting disruption to the global economy would increase inequality. in the world.

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But it is wrong to blame only those who “fight a lot on this issue” and on whom attention is focused, because others are cleverly taking advantage of their opposition, warned Caroline Brouillette.

“We must be careful that others do not hide behind Saudi Arabia, such as the United States, Australia, Norway, and Canada, up to a point (to include in the agreement) words that weaken the strength of the text,” he said.

A new draft of the final agreement is also expected on Monday morning, 24 hours before the end of COP28, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The conference will end at 11 a.m. sharp, its president, Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, repeatedly repeated, not intending to see it continue like the previous ones, which did not fail to provoke eyebrows of doubt among many who are participants.

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