Money talks as Qatar wins COP18 bid

2011-11-30 07:22

Qatar clinched the deal to host the Conference of the Parties (COP) talks in Doha next year following a tight race with South Korea, the United Nations has announced.

The annual conferences on climate change rotate among the regions of the world to ensure the attention and money that come with a conference of this nature do not only benefit the rich countries.

After the African group got their chance this year, the baton was passed on to the Asian group, which had to decide among themselves who would be the lucky host.

The dice fell in favour of Qatar, a move that again shows that money talks.Qatar is arguably the worst example of a climate-friendly government.

It is one of the biggest emitters in Asia due to its oil-based economy.South Korea, on the other hand, has been investing in green industries and has become a player in the nuclear energy field, rivalling China and France for supplying nuclear power station to various countries.

But Qatar’s star has been on the rise with its emergence as an airport hub in the Middle East, the winning of the Soccer World Cup bid for 2022 and its booming economy built on its vast oil reserves.

It clearly is financially in a better position to host COP18 than South Korea, and therefore is a safe bet.

But being a leading economy with a lot of money to throw at the problem paid off, and the UN climate change officials were caught in the middle.

At a press conference yesterday the executive secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christina Figueras, and COP17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane were at pains to explain how carefully they had to tread in dealing with the issue of next year’s venue.

Nkoana-Mashabane thanked Figueras for her “patience” while negotiations were taking place to decide on the venue.

But a compromise was reached.

Although Qatar is getting to play host for the big event, South Korea will host the preparatory session of ministers normally held a few weeks before the conference.

This year Nkoana-Mashabane hosted ministers and delegations at the wine farm Spier outside Cape Town.

Africa has had two bites of the cherry in hosting a COP – Nairobi, Kenya, in 2005 and Marrakech, Morocco, in 2001.

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