Azerbaijan is set to host COP29 in 2024. In a statement, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, COP28 president and UAE minister of industry and advanced technology, congratulated the country on this achievement.
Al Jaber expressed his aspirations to work closely with Azerbaijan during its preparation for the next session of COP.
Teamwork and dedication
For his part, Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan’s minister of ecology and natural resources, expressed his gratitude. He highlighted the efforts of the United Nations (U.N.) Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. Moreover, he expressed gratitude towards the UAE for their tireless efforts in organizing this exceptional event.
Babayev noted that the current challenges we are facing require collective work and dedication to achieving the goals and aspirations agreed upon jointly.
He stated: “Azerbaijan understands the critical importance of collaborative efforts to combat climate change. Strong political will demonstrated by His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”
Moreover, he pointed out that: “The support by other Eastern European Group member states to Azerbaijan’s nomination to host COP29 have been crucial in today’s success.” He, in this regard, affirmed that his country’s commitment to sustainability is not just a promise but a reality reflected in national policies and actions.
Ensuring a smooth transition
Additionally, Babayev stressed his country’s commitment to close cooperation with the UAE and Brazil which will be hosting COP30. That is to ensure a smooth transition and continue the joint efforts. he added.
“We recognize the importance of a coordinated global response to climate change, and through joint initiatives, we aim to amplify our impact and accelerate progress toward a sustainable future.”
Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to the UAE and the president of COP28 for their great efforts in driving climate action paths.
Thus, he stressed the importance of continuing the momentum and building on the great successes achieved at COP28. Moreover, he highlighted collaborative efforts to ensure that COP29 in Azerbaijan becomes a symbol of hope and progress in global efforts to combat climate change.
On another note, Samir Tantawi, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a climate change consultant at the U.N., reviewed during special statements to local media some of COP28’s initial results. Following its second week, the COP28 resulted in some expected outcomes. Among the final expected outcomes are:
Expected outcomes of COP28
- A global target for climate financing, which may achieve some success in this context.
- The fossil fuels matter, a complex issue, is expected to achieve some progress.
- The global goal of climate adaptation is a demand made by developing countries. These countries should insist on climate adaptation measures during the second week. This pressure may produce tangible results during the final negotiations.
- Sending strong political messages. Global efforts to reduce emissions are not enough to reach a 1.5 percent decrease in emissions. That is according to the Paris Agreement. Therefore, the conclusion of the conference could witness some strong political messages directed specifically at emerging countries that consume a large amount of fossil fuels.
- Adopting the provision of an early warning system that covers the entire globe. This way, developing countries can benefit from them, just like developed countries. This aims to reduce losses, especially human losses, in the event of a climate disaster.
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