UN Day event in Azerbaijan discusses climate change action on the eve of COP26
22 October 2021
- “We need more ambitious pledges and decisive actions to reach the Paris Agreement targets,” Vladanka Andreeva, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, said in the opening ceremony of the UN Day event dedicated to the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
Ms Andreeva has underlined that all countries need to come forward with significantly more ambitious nationally determined contributions, with 2030 targets consistent with a net zero pathway.
Rauf Hajiyev, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources; James Sharp, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Azerbaijan, and Orkhan Mammadov, Chairperson of the Board of Small and Medium Business Development Agency also spoke in the opening session and stressed the importance of global partnership to rebuild trust, re-energize action, and deliver in full on the promises made in the Paris Agreement.
The event “COP26 – securing brighter future for all” has brought together some 90 participants from the government agencies, diplomatic missions, private sector, civil society and the media. They discussed actions to tackle climate change focusing on the role of the governments, civil society and private sector. As many countries look to rebuild their economies in the wake of the pandemic, the participants also exchanged views on ‘building back better’ through a green recovery.
The opening session was followed by the panel discussions with participation of experts from the government, civil society and private sector, as well as youth activist, who participated at the pre-COP26 conference in Milan, Italy. They focused on ways to achieve four goals of the COP26, which include securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1,5 degrees within reach; adapting to protect communities and natural habitats; mobilising finance; and working together to deliver.