Azerbaijan Invites Pakistan PM to COP29 Climate Conference

Azerbaijan's Ecology Minister invites Pakistan's Prime Minister to attend COP29 in Baku, November 2024. Prime Minister Sharif accepts, expressing gratitude and commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable development.

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Azerbaijan Invites Pakistan PM to COP29 Climate Conference

Azerbaijan Invites Pakistan PM to COP29 Climate Conference

Azerbaijan's minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Mukhtar Babayev, has extended an invitation to Pakistan's Prime Minister, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, to attend the 29th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29) in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2024. The invitation was presented on behalf of Azerbaijan's President, Ilham Aliyev, during a meeting between Minister Babayev and Prime Minister Sharif on May 10.

Why this matters: TheCOP29 conference is a crucial platform for world leaders to discuss and develop strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate change, which poses a significant threat to global security, economies, and human lives. The participation of countries like Pakistan, which is highly vulnerable to climate change, is essential for ensuring that the conference outcomes are inclusive and effective.

Prime Minister Sharif expressed his gratitude for the invitation and congratulated President Aliyev on hosting COP29, which he described as"the most important gathering of world leaders"this year. He emphasized that Pakistan fully supports Azerbaijan in its preparations for the conference and looks forward to participating in the event.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif highlighted Pakistan's vulnerability to climate change, citing the catastrophic floods of 2022 as an example. He stressed the need for urgent action to enhance climate resilience and assured Azerbaijan of Pakistan's full cooperation in ensuring the success of COP29. The Prime Minister also expressed his desire to discuss bilateral relations with President Aliyev during the conference, particularly in the areas of trade and investment.

Minister Babayev, who is also the President-Designate of COP29, thanked Prime Minister Sharif for his support, which he believes will be crucial in making the conference a success. The two countries also agreed to focus on climate action, adaptation plans, and transparency reports at the upcoming COP29 meeting.

The invitation to COP29 marks a significant step in thebilateral relationsbetween Azerbaijan and Pakistan. Both countries have expressed their commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable development. As the host of COP29, Azerbaijan aims to bring together world leaders to discuss and develop strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate change and building resilience.