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Youth Climate Defender of Azerbaijan appointed

25 January 2024 [10:01] - TODAY.AZ
Abbas Ganbay

Leyla Hasanova has been appointed COP29 Youth Climate Advocate for Azerbaijan. Leyla Hasanova is currently working as Head of the Secretariat of the Youth Organisation of the Non-Aligned Movement, Azernews reports.

She received her bachelor's degree from ADA University, specialising in international studies. Later, she received a Master's degree in Public Administration and participated in an academic exchange programme on politics and international relations at Kadir Has University in Turkiye.

During her studies, L. Hasanova directed research and conducted analyses on a number of topics such as climate change, sustainable development, renewable energy, youth and gender issues, and climate resilience.

She has also successfully completed courses at the UN System Staff College and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. During her studies, Leyla Hasanova participated in courses such as "Intelligent Leadership - Synergy of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation", "Youth, Peace and Security" and "Digital4 Sustainability Learning Path".

Leyla Hasanova previously held the position of Programme Coordinator at the Institute for Development and Diplomacy, where she was responsible for managing training programmes for corporate and government leaders.

The fight against climate change is one of the main areas described by the universal text "Sustainable Development Goals" (DIM), which was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Member States in 2015.

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris saw the approval of the global manifesto "Agenda 2030," which includes the idea of "Leaving no one behind." Therefore, the Paris Climate Agreement was signed at this session. Azerbaijan signed it on April 22, 2016, and the Milli Majlis approved it in October of the same year.

Azerbaijan continues to work actively and successfully to localise global concerns. The Republic of Azerbaijan named 2024 the "Green World Solidarity Year" in order to build international solidarity in the global fight against climate change. This implies that, in addition to the work done thus far, the government accurately defines the work to be done and will continue to carry out careful coordination of aspects aimed at the future even better well-being of the Azerbaijani people.

"Our international prestige is growing by the day. In December, all countries of the world unanimously voted to hold the world's largest international conference in Azerbaijan – COP29 will be held in Azerbaijan next year. This is a sign of tremendous respect and reverence from the international community, but also a high assessment of our transition to green energy,” President Ilham Aliyev said in his address on the occasion of the World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day and New Year.

Saying that the green energy transition is Azerbaijan’s priority, the head of state noted: “Based on the agreements and memorandums of understanding signed, 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy will be created in Azerbaijan in the next few years and Azerbaijan will become one of the world leaders in this field. Of course, the fact that COP29, an international conference on climate change will be held in Azerbaijan is further evidence of our successes in this field.”


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