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Azerbaijan Hosts Virtual Summit with International NGOs Ahead of COP29

Azerbaijan’s “Health Service” Public Union has organised a global consultation meeting involving over 80 representatives from non-governmental organizations ( NGOs) specializing in ecology and healthcare, along with climate experts, universities, and think tanks across the world.

The event which was held online focusing on the theme “Civil society organizations’ engagement in COP29,” had participant from various countries including the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Moldova, Russia, Albania, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Indonesia, and Chad.

Discussions during the meeting centered on preparations for the 29th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29), slated to be hosted in Azerbaijan later this year.

Executive Director of the “Health Service” Public Union, Parvana Valiyeva, in her remarks provided insights into the registration process and other essential aspects for NGO participation in COP29.

Kripa Dwarakanath, Technical Director at GHD, a multidisciplinary professional services network in the UK, delivered a presentation on COP28 outcomes and future prospects.

She emphasized the pivotal role of increased financial investments in sustainability to achieve nationally determined contributions (NDC).

In his remarks Uzodinma Adirieje Chief Executive Officer at Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA), a global think tank focusing on health and environmental issues, advocated for NGOs to unite under a single umbrella to bolster support for the lead-up to COP29.

The event also featured a promotional video showcasing Azerbaijan’s role in the upcoming COP29 conference.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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