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Leyla Aliyeva, the vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, was a crucial participant in the climate change debates at COP-28 in Dubai. Aliyeva joined world leaders to discuss urgent issues about sustainable development and water management at a panel discussion titled “Women Leading Progress: Water and Sustainable Development Goals,” which was sponsored by Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union.
Critical Discussions and Participants:
Prominent people were present at the panel discussion, which the General Women’s Union arranged, the Swiss Association for Women and Empowerment, and the United Nations (UN). Tatyana Valova, the UN’s general director of its Geneva division, and Mariam Almheiri, the UAE’s minister of climate change and the environment, stood beside Leyla Aliyeva. By highlighting the right to safe and clean drinking water as a fundamental human right, the participants sought to coordinate efforts in resolving water management concerns.
Leyla Aliyeva’s Perspectives:
Leyla Aliyeva spoke on how climate change affects the water levels in Azerbaijani rivers such as the Kura, Samur, and Araz. She emphasized how the Caspian Sea is affected by the declining water levels resulting from climate change. Aliyeva highlighted the government’s efforts to address the drought, including plans to build ten water reservoirs nationwide. She also mentioned the water difficulties encountered during the time of territorial occupation.
Panel Emphasis: Sustainable Water Management and Gender Equality:
To solve issues related to water, promote inclusive and knowledgeable solutions for sustainable water management, and advance gender equality and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the panel discussions stressed the significance of mutual awareness. In keeping with international initiatives to improve community well-being, health, and equity, participants examined best practices and viable options for efficient water management.
The Visit to Azerbaijan Pavilion:
After the panel discussion, participants, including Leyla Aliyeva, went to the Azerbaijan pavilion that was part of the COP-28 framework. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources collaborated to develop the pavilion, which has as its theme “Let’s lead sustainable solutions for climate sustainability.” The interactive pavilion presents Azerbaijan’s policies about climate change, the government’s efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and a range of adaptation and mitigation initiatives.
The Climate Commitments of Azerbaijan:
As demonstrated in the exhibit, Azerbaijan has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 and 40% by 2050. To illustrate the nation’s commitment to sustainability, the government strongly emphasizes participation in projects aimed at addressing climate change.
Nature Protection and Restoration Projects:
The IDEA Public Union, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, and the World Conservation Fund also organized an event on “Climate Change and Restoration of Ecosystems” held in the Azerbaijan pavilion. The occasion shed light on regional initiatives for nature preservation and restoration, emphasizing Azerbaijan’s attempts to bring gazelles back to their former range, especially in recently freed areas.
Azerbaijan’s Proactive Stance on Climate Sustainability
Leyla Aliyeva’s proactive engagement in tackling global concerns and Azerbaijan’s dedication to climate sustainability are highlighted by her active participation in COP-28 deliberations. Thanks to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s efforts and government initiatives, Azerbaijan is a significant factor in supporting sustainable solutions for a resilient future.
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