Press Release

First SDG dialogue reviews Azerbaijan’s progress towards green transformation

02 November 2022

  • The First SDG dialogue focusing on green transformation in Azerbaijan has brought together over 100 representatives of the government agencies, the United Nations (UN), World Bank, international financial institutions (IFIs), the diplomatic community, the private sector, civil society, and academia.

The participants of the event, organised by the National Coordination Council on Sustainable Development of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Economy, the UN and the World Bank, reviewed Azerbaijan’s progress towards achieving the green growth indicators and reflected on additional policy measures to accelerate the country’s green transformation and progress toward the SDGs.

They welcomed the fact that “Azerbaijan 2030: National Priorities for Socio-Economic Development” and the "Strategy of Socio-Economic Development in 2022-2026" identified a clean environment and “green growth” as one of the five priorities of Azerbaijan’s development up to 2030. 

The event also provided an opportunity to inform the country’s preparations for the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-27) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022.  Azerbaijan has set to achieve 35% reduction of emissions by 2030 compared to the base year of 1990.  At the COP-26 in Glasgow, Azerbaijan announced its intention to reduce emissions by 40% by 2050 as a voluntary commitment.

The participants also discussed joint commitments to foster green growth in Azerbaijan and agreed to produce a short policy brief highlighting the main recommendations for further acceleration of green transformation and SDG progress in the country.

The First SDG Dialogue has marked the official launch of the SDG Dialogue series initiated under the leadership of the National Coordination Council on Sustainable Development with support from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, World Bank, and the Ministry of Economy. The participants of the first event decided to dedicate the Second SDG Dialogue to inclusive economic growth in Azerbaijan.

Rashad Huseynov

Rashad Huseynov


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