Oman’s G20 Experience: A New Era of Diplomacy and Green Hydrogen Initiatives
As the G20 Summit in Delhi concluded, Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy reflected on the Sultanate’s participation in this high-profile event. Oman’s presence in the G20 was the result of an invitation from the Indian government, providing a unique opportunity to engage in multilateral diplomacy on an unprecedented scale.
During the summit, Oman actively participated in nine ministerial meetings and an astounding 200 meetings and working groups. This level of engagement allowed Oman to broaden the scope and scale of its diplomacy, creating new avenues for cooperation and collaboration in the international arena.
“Reflecting on the conclusion of the G20 Summit and looking back on a year of intensive engagement with the G20 process, we have learned a lot. Oman’s participation came as a result of the kind invitation of the Indian government,” Sayyid Badr noted.
A Global Voice for the Global South
One of the significant outcomes of the G20 Summit was the inclusion of the African Union as a member, giving the Global South a more prominent voice in global affairs. This development was welcomed by Sayyid Badr as it reflects the diversity of the G20 and promotes a more inclusive approach to addressing global challenges.
The New Delhi Declaration
Despite the diversity of its members, the G20 achieved a remarkable feat by reaching a consensus on the New Delhi Declaration. Sayyid Badr commended the efforts of the current and future G20 presidencies, including India, Brazil, and the United States, for their successful dialogue in achieving this positive outcome.
Oman’s Contribution to Green Hydrogen
Oman’s participation in the G20 was not only about diplomacy but also about substantive contributions to various working groups. Of particular note is Oman’s involvement in green hydrogen initiatives. The Sultanate’s projects in this field are among the largest and most advanced globally, aiming to integrate green hydrogen production with green steel factories and promote sustainability across the economy.
Pillars of Oman Vision 2040
Sayyid Badr emphasized that the developments in green hydrogen and renewable energy are foundational elements of Oman Vision 2040. These initiatives are essential building blocks for a new global economy, aligning with Oman’s aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous future.
Addressing Climate Change
Recognizing the urgency of climate change, the foreign minister underscored its significance as a long-term challenge to national security. He stressed the importance of a successful transition to net-zero emissions and the development of technologies to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events. Collective efforts by governments, financial institutions, and individuals are essential to achieving these goals.
Looking Ahead to COP28
Sayyid Badr expressed confidence in India’s strong leadership during its G20 presidency in 2023, which has advanced the climate change agenda. He urged attention to the upcoming COP28 summit, hosted by the United Arab Emirates, with expectations of further positive outcomes. Oman’s participation in the G20 Summit marked a significant milestone in its diplomatic journey, offering a platform to address global challenges and showcase its leadership in green hydrogen initiatives. As the world grapples with pressing issues such as climate change, Oman’s commitment to sustainability and international cooperation shines brightly on the global stage.
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