UPDATE: Despite staging a peaceful protest, the men in question were deported from Qatar, according to AYCM organizers, who said:

They were asked to leave the country on the first flight home.


Arab Youth Climate Movement delegates Raied Ghablawy & Mohamed Anis lost their badges and were ejected from the COP18 convention today after holding up a banner reading “Qatar – Why Host, Not Lead.”

The men were demonstrating against what many are calling Qatar’s inability to get countries to commit to lower emissions, as the convention winds to a close tomorrow.

The Climate Action Network, which represents some 700 environmental NGOs, also expressed displeasure with Qatar today by giving the country its first “fossil” of the convention:

The Third Place Fossil goes to the COP18 Presidency of Qatar for their lack of leadership in pushing Ministers during roundtable discussions towards ambition in the ADP. As the hosts of this COP, the Presidency is required to facilitate a successful agreement to inject urgency in the talks for progress towards an ambitious legally binding deal.


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