In a surprising turn of events, Azerbaijan secures hosting rights for U.N. climate summit in 2024.
An agreement that signals a victory for international cooperation on climate change ended the impasse, which Russia had fueled by using its veto power in response to criticism of its invasion of Ukraine.
For the third consecutive year, Azerbaijan is set to host the annual United Nations climate change summit. The decision comes amidst escalating concerns about global warming, primarily attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.
This year's summit, known as COP28, is currently underway in the United Arab Emirates, a nation ranking seventh in the world for oil production.
Despite securing hosting rights, President Ilham Aliyev's government in Azerbaijan is under fire for its authoritarian tendencies.
Analysts and human rights groups have documented widespread corruption and political repression during Aliyev's two-decade rule.
People arrive at the venue of the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on November 30, 2023. - The UN climate conference opens in Dubai on November 30 with nations under pressure to increase the urgency of action on global warming and wean off fossil fuels, amid intense scrutiny of oil-rich hosts UAE.
The prolonged uncertainty regarding the host country for the next climate summit cast a shadow over the ongoing talks in Dubai.
Tensions related to Russia's war in Ukraine had nearly derailed diplomatic efforts to find a suitable host.
While the participating nations focus on complex issues like reducing fossil fuel usage, the inability to select a summit venue raised concerns about the state of global cooperation.
A draft text published on Sunday proposes that Azerbaijan host the COP29 climate summit between Nov. 11 and Nov. 22, 2024.
While the text awaits formal adoption by the current summit, it aligns with expectations, as Azerbaijan garnered support from other Eastern European nations on Saturday.
The draft text not only outlines Azerbaijan's potential role as COP29 host but also suggests Brazil as the venue for COP30, scheduled for Nov. 10 to Nov. 21, 2025.
This announcement follows a notable commitment by eight of the world's leading commodities traders, who pledged to cease purchasing soy from farms contributing to the degradation of South American grasslands.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the COP28 climate summit, showcasing a collective effort to combat environmental challenges.
Azerbaijan's bid to host the U.N. Climate Summit in 2024 is a significant step towards global cooperation on climate issues.
Despite concerns about the authoritarian regime, the draft text for COP29 aligns with expectations and has gained support from Eastern European nations.
Brazil's inclusion as COP30 host and pledges against environmental degradation by top commodities traders demonstrate a growing international effort to address climate challenges, signaling a positive step forward in fostering global collaboration and environmental responsibility.