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Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan forge climate action partnership


Jeddah, 31 March 2024 (TDI): Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan forge climate action partnership ahead of COP29. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman met with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev on Thursday.

Ahead of the 29th Conference of the Parties (COP29) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), representatives from both nations engaged in constructive discussions aimed at enhancing cooperation and sharing expertise in mitigating climate change effects.

Azerbaijani Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev, who also serves as President of COP29, focused on collaborative efforts to address climate change challenges.

The Saudi and Azerbaijani ministers explored avenues for joint initiatives that align with the goals and principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. Both nations recognized the importance of diversifying their energy portfolios and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

They reviewed the Kingdom’s efforts and initiatives in dealing with the effects of climate change, such as exploiting renewable energy sources, and managing, reducing, and eliminating emissions through the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives.

In addition, the ministers discussed implementing the circular carbon economy approach and its technologies, which was developed by the Kingdom during its G20 presidency and endorsed by leaders, along with other national and regional programs and initiatives.

The dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan signifies a significant milestone in the efforts to promote sustainable development and combat the adverse impacts of climate change.

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Recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, both countries are dedicated to exploring avenues for joint action, leveraging their respective strengths and resources to advance climate resilience and sustainability.

Both countries explored potential collaboration in developing and deploying renewable energy solutions such as solar, wind, and geothermal power. Saudi Arabia, a major oil producer, has embarked on ambitious green initiatives, including the Saudi Green Initiative launched in 2021.


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