“Qatar , Why Host, Not Lead?” The Young Arab Civil Society Questions Qatari Government

Doha- Qatar, Dec 6, 2012 - Two young activists from the civil society held a huge banner today at the central meeting point in the QNCC while the COP 18 UN climate change negotiations were taking place, to show their disappointment of the performance of the Qatari Presidency in the negotiations.

The banner stated "Qatar, Why Host, Not Lead??" to portray that the presidency can do more to advance the negotiations in the next 48 hours. If they don't, the talks could actually collapse.

Qatar Presidency has the mandate to facilitate an agreement and take negotiations with ministers into the night and get a decent deal out of them.
On a national level, they can also promise to do their part, by firstly cutting emissions and also putting the right finances to get things done.

The youth clearly said that’s it’s still not too late to make a change!
It’s each delegation’s responsibility to ensure a healthy future for the youth and so they find that now is the perfect time to shape this future ina healthy way.

Raied Gheblawi and Mohamed Anis Amirouche, the two Arab activists who held the banner, were de-badged and asked to leave the COP headquarters in QNCC. Unfortunately, and since their visas were associated with the COP18 thus they had to leave Qatar within 12 hours since their visas became invalid. It is sad that we still live in times when activists are not allowed to express their opinion and demand their basic right of living decently. Gheblawi and Amirouche were among millions of people who demand their governments’ everyday to save them from the impacts of climate change. They are just the sound of youth which will never be silenced.

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